Canadian artist searching for best van Gogh lookalike finds subject in Dorset
A Canadian artist scouring the planet for Vincent van Gogh's closest lookalike has found his subject in the UK.
Douglas Coupland will now use Daniel Baker, from Christchurch, Dorset, as the source material for a large bronze sculpture of the Dutch artist, which will be the first in a series of outdoor works entitled Redheads.
He used van Gogh's self-portraits, which he describes as "the selfies of their era" to choose Mr Baker from the 1,250 entrants from 37 countries who submitted photos hoping to be chosen as his subject.
Mr Baker has already undergone a 3D-photogrammetry scanning process using hundreds of cameras to generate a wealth of multidimensional facial data so that that Coupland can create a likeness of van Gogh's head.
Coupland said: "Meeting Dan was a very strange experience because I'd spent months looking at Vincent lookalikes on a computer screen 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."
Coupland's sculpture has been commissioned by Anthony von Mandl for his Martin's Lane winery in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.
The final sculpture will be revealed on April 22 2017 at an event for attendees of the TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada.