Man commissions 23 artists to create unforgettable birthday gift for wife

A thoughtful man has given his wife a birthday present she will never forget – after commissioning 23 ARTISTS to create works of art of his family.

Ernst Berlin came up with the idea for the unique gift after discovering a community of artists on the website Reddit.

Determined to give his wife, Agnes, something special, Ernst contacted between 45 and 50 artist who had some of the most successful submissions on the site.

Ernst Berlin commissioned 23 artists to create works of art of his family

Ernst Berlin commissioned 23 artists to create works of art of his family

To his surprise, 23 artists replied – Ernst, whose nine-month-old son Jacob would also feature in the pictures, said he liked all of their works so much he couldn’t turn them down.

As an amateur photographer, Ernst, 33, decided to send the artists a selection of 40 pictures of his family, allowing them to choose which they would like to work with.

Over a period of a few months, the images kept coming in.

The dad discovered the community of artists on the website Reddit

The dad discovered the community of artists on the website Reddit

When her birthday came around, Ernst treated Agnes, now 34, to a three-hour-long spa treatment – allowing him to hang the works on the wall while she was out.

Agnes’ reaction was one of shock, with Ernst filming her response and later putting it on YouTube for friends and family to see.

Ernst said: "I completely forgot about Reddit until I sat down and started brainstorming ideas for a gift."

Ernst said: “I completely forgot about Reddit until I sat down and started brainstorming ideas for a gift.”

Ernst, from Chicago, Illinois, USA, said: I completely forgot about Reddit until I sat down and started brainstorming ideas for a gift.

“A light bulb went off and I remembered the community of artists.

“I gathered a group of around 45 to 50 artists and got in contact with them to commission the work.

“23 replied – which was more than I expected – but I loved all their previous work so much that I couldn’t say ‘no’ to any of them.

“Honestly, I was worried about not finishing it in time, but luckily it all worked out.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive from friends and family.