Van Gogh Ltd.; The Bizarre Tale Of Clones, Factories, Replica Paintings & Ear DNA in Liverpool

Updated: May 8

A Rather Unusual Story Told On The Side Of A Building In Ropewalks

Van Gogh Ltd. Street Art by Lu Pingyuan on the side of EPIC Apart Hotel in Duke Street, Liverpool City Centre (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
Van Gogh Ltd. Street Art by Lu Pingyuan on the side of EPIC Apart Hotel in Duke Street, Liverpool City Centre (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

In Ropewalks you may come across a mural on the side of a building with a tale of a company called 'Van Gogh Ltd.' This extraordinary and utterly bizarre story will have you reading with absolutely no guess as to what the next line could be about.


The mural that can be found on the side of EPIC Apart Hotel, Duke Street in Ropewalks says:


'Van Gogh's other ear was discovered by scientists. A technology company acquired the ear, and opened a factory called Van Gogh Ltd., which extracted the DNA from Van Gogh's ear to make countless Van Gogh clones.


The Van Gogh clones became the factories main workers. From the time they were small, each clone was forced to learn how to paint Van Gogh-style copies of Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Night Cafe in the Place Lamartine in Arles, and other famous works.


The gifted 'Van Goghs' were held in captivity by the factory and raised to mass-produce these masterpieces; the ones without talent were gathered together and pushed into a big furnace, to be burned into a special kind of yellow pigment that was used as raw material for the ongoing process.'