Vincent Van Gogh's severed ear regrown using his DNA Gizmodo

Vincent Van Gogh's severed ear regrown using his DNA

Speak to Vincent Van Gogh and he will hear you!

by 05 June 2014

German artist, Diemut Strebe has has made a living replica of the 19th century artist’s severed ear using the DNA of Lieuwe van Gogh, the great great-grandson of Vincent’s brother, Theo, and a 3-D printer.

And that’s not all. It can also hear thanks to a microphone system connected to a computer. 

The current work, which is is preserved in a case of liquid and coined Sugababe, will be on display until July 6th, 2014 at the ZKM | Media Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Lieuwe and Vincent van Gogh share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome that is passed down the male lineage. By using the younger van Gogh’s DNA, Strebe grew the cells at a hospital in Boston, which she then shaped with a printer to resemble the ear, “I use science basically like a type of brush, like Vincent used paint.”

Strebe’s future plans include moving the display to New York next year.