Douglas Coupland has a new muse – and he bears an uncanny resemblance to Vincent van Gogh.
The famed Canadian artist and writer – who I chatted with a few years back on everything from millennial angst to advice for artists – embarked on a worldwide search for individuals resembling the renowned Dutch painter.
And a British native named Daniel Baker of the southern England town of Christchurch came out on top out of 1,250 entrants from 37 countries.
Baker travelled to Vancouver, where he underwent a 3D scanning process using hundreds of cameras to generate facial data. Coupland will use the data as source material to create a large 3D bronze sculpture that will be revealed on April 22, 2017 at a special pre-conference event for attendees of the TED Conference in Vancouver.
“Meeting Dan was a very strange experience because I’d spent months looking at Vincent lookalikes on a computer screen,” said Coupland in a media statement, “and then suddenly there was this man—my Vincent van Gogh—hopping out of a taxi looking like he’d just stepped out of the year 1889.”
Anthony von Mandl, who will install the sculpture — aptly named “Vincent”— at his winery in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, commissioned the piece.
So, basically, you now have another reason to plan that trip to ‘The Pacific Province.’