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Labour of Love: Artist spends 138 hours on 2.1m dot drawing to help man with amnesia – See (amazing) Photos

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An artist has shown remarkable skill and patience to create a portrait made up of an estimated 2.1m ink dots – and help a man who lost his memory.

 

Helping Benjaman

Helping Benjaman: hand drawn portrait featuring 2.1 million ink dots to help amnesiac Benjaman Kyle. Source: miguelendara.com Source: Supplied

In August 2004 a naked, sunburned, nearly blind man was found lying on the ground behind a Burger King restaurant in Georgia, USA.

Paramedics reported that he had depressions on his head that may have indicated blows from a blunt object.

 

Helping Benjaman

Helping Benjaman: hand drawn portrait featuring 2.1 million ink dots to help amnesiac Benjaman Kyle. Source: miguelendara.com Source: Supplied

When discovered, he had no memory of who he was. Dubbed BK because of where he was found, he has since chosen to live under the name Benjaman Kyle.

Kyle remains the only citizen of the USA officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.

 

Helping Benjaman

Helping Benjaman: hand drawn portrait featuring 2.1 million ink dots to help amnesiac Benjaman Kyle. Source: miguelendara.com Source: Supplied

Without being able to determine his identity he has been unable to obtain a social security number, and therefore unable to open a bank account or have a credit card.

Earlier this year artist Miguel Endara caught a screening of a short film called Finding Benjaman at the Tribeca Film Festival and decided to try and raise awareness of Kyle’s plight.

 

Helping Benjaman

Helping Benjaman: hand drawn portrait featuring 2.1 million ink dots to help amnesiac Benjaman Kyle. Source: miguelendara.com Source: Supplied

The artist began an epic hyper-realistic drawing employing a technique known as stippling that requires a huge amount of dots.

Taking 138 hours to complete at a rate of 4.25 dots per second, the artist estimated that the piece contains approximately 2.1 million dots.

 

Helping Benjaman

Helping Benjaman: hand drawn portrait featuring 2.1 million ink dots to help amnesiac Benjaman Kyle. Source: miguelendara.com Source: Supplied

Endara is selling prints of his drawing to support a petition to get Kyle a social security number.

 

Helping Benjaman

Helping Benjaman: hand drawn portrait featuring 2.1 million ink dots to help amnesiac Benjaman Kyle. Source: miguelendara.com Source: Supplied

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