Ottawa

Twins sought for National Gallery installation

The National Gallery of Canada is asking identical twins to volunteer to be a part of a major visiting summer exhibition.

The National Gallery of Canada is asking identical twins to volunteer to be a part of a major visiting summer exhibition.

The Ottawa gallery wants to re-create a celebrated work by the English artist Damient Hirst for its upcoming exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World.

Hirst debuted the installation Ingo, Torsten in Cologne, Germany in 1992.

In that piece, the identical twins dressed alike, were placed in front of a painting and were allowed to read, knit or play chess — as long as they carried out those actions in tandem.

Twins applying to be featured in the Ottawa recreation must be 18 years or older and identical in stature, height and appearance.  

They must also wear identical clothes and footwear for the installation and have the same hairstyle and colour.

Pop Life is set to run at the gallery from June 11 to Sept. 9. Aside from exhibiting Hirst's work, it will also feature pieces by U.S. artists Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol.