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The inspiration and process behind the Van Gogh Project.

The Van Gogh Project is a series of Big Easel paintings based on Vincent van Gogh's Sunflower Paintings. Each sculpture consists of a colossal hand-painted reproduction of one of the seven Sunflower Paintings, measuring an impressive 7 x 10 metres, which rests on a 25 metre,17,000 kilogram steel easel. The first Easel was erected in Altona, Canada on October 17, 1998. The second was finished and erected on November 8, 1999 in Emerald, Australia. The third easel was successfully proposed to the city of Goodland and the State of Kansas, USA. Construction began in the spring of 2000. Discussions are currently underway in South Africa, and Japan for future sites.

The intent of this project is to reproduce all seven of Vincent van Gogh's Sunflower Paintings in seven different countries spanning the globe. These seven paintings were originally created by Vincent van Gogh during his stay in Arles, France between the years 1888-1889.

The seven sites selected by Cross have a connection to sunflower agriculture or connection to Van Gogh himself. The project will serve to make the cities involved sister cities. The sites will range from rural to urban, with populations ranging from several thousand to several million.

Each painting takes approximately a month and a half to complete, which involves 10 to 12 hour work days.

The project was started in the spring of 1997. When complete, the project is expected to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Canadian Easel

The Australian Easel

The American Easel

 

 

To enjoy Van Gogh's famous Sunflower Paintings, click here.