An Artist Grows an Ear on His Arm


Perth artist Stelarc grows ear on his arm, plans to connect it to internet.

Hear for art

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Image: ABC Copyright: Can you hear what I hear? Stelarc’s implanted ear up close

ABC News Courtney Bembridge reported it has been 20 years in the making and involves the growth of a human organ, but for Perth-based artist Stelarc, it is just another project.

The Curtin University professor is growing a human ear on his arm.

“People’s reactions range from bemusement to bewilderment to curiosity, but you don’t really expect people to understand the art component of all of this,” Stelarc said.

“I guess I’ve always got something up my sleeve, but often my sleeve is rolled down.”

Stelarc first conceived the idea in 1996, but it took another decade to find the medical team willing to make it a reality. Click on ABC link to watch the video – please be warned, some images are graphic.

ABC News

13 thoughts on “An Artist Grows an Ear on His Arm”

  1. I think I’d have to go with all three reactions on this one – bemusement, bewilderment and curiosity. Something about the whole thing makes me laugh, but then, I’m not an artist with creative ideas. Very Interesting post.

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