Heather Dewey-Hagborg has one creepy job. She spends most of her time collecting and gathering fingernails, hair and wads of old chewing gum from sidewalks, bathrooms and subway stations. You’re probably wondering why someone would do that, right?
The answer is art.
Dewey-Hagborg is an artist that specializes in a very bizarre style of sculpture. She extracts human DNA from each piece of litter that she collects and enters it into a computer program that creates digital models of the faces of the people who left the items behind.
From those models, Dewey-Hagborg produces actual sculptures using a 3D printer. The result is a detailed facial likeness of real people. It’s all for her new art series, called “Stranger Visions.” It sounds crazy (and maybe it is) but the technology is actually very interesting. Take a look at the finished product below.