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Calling all bearded redheads: Canadian artist and author Douglas Coupland is combing the planet in search of Vincent van Gogh’s closest lookalike. The most convincing doppelgänger will win €5,000 ($5,689) and a trip to Vancouver. There, Coupland will 3D-scan the winner’s face and create a bronze sculpture after his likeness.
Called “I Am Vincent,” the sculpture will be the first installment of Redheads, a series dedicated to the gingers of the world. Why? Because redheadedness, which occurs in 1–2% of the global population, “is the most recent successful human mutation,” Coupland writes. The “genetic magic” exemplified by redheadedness “is a microcosm of the way in which all life on Earth changes with time. I want this first bronze piece to be eternal but I also want it to be imbued with the twenty-first century. I’d like it to trigger discussion about new relationships between science, art and globalization.”
If you look like van Gogh and that sounds like something your face can do, upload a photo of yourself to the I Am Vincent website, where viewers are voting for the painter’s most convincing double. Currently leading is Ivar Arpi, an editorial writer for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet who’s got a piercing stare. Trailing in third place is our hometown contender, Brooklyn resident Robert Reynolds, star of the web series The van Gogh Show. With a red beard, hooded eyes, prominent cheekbones, and a slightly haunted expression, Reynolds started making his five-minute comedy shorts after strangers kept commenting on his uncanny resemblance to the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Unfortunately, according to the I Am Vincent voters thus far, Reynolds doesn’t hold a candle to Arpi.
There are nearly 500 more contestants vying for the van Gogh doppelgänger crown. Vote for your favorite here.
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