Artist regrows Van Gogh's ear using his DNA

Artist Diemut Strebe made a living replica of Vincent van Gogh's ear, grown from genetic samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo. They share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome, passed down the male lineage.

Artist regrows Van Gogh's ear using his DNA

The ear actually hears, thanks to a microphone system connected to a computer which generates nerve impulses from the sound signals in real time.

Artist regrows Van Gogh's ear using his DNA

Artist regrows Van Gogh's ear using his DNA

This work called Sugababe will be on display until July 6th, 2014 at the ZKM | Media Museum.


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