3D Face Portraits Gum DNA

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg embarked on a project unlike any other. She set out to create life-like 3D-printed portraits of people using DNA collected from chewed gum and old cigarettes. Once this trash was located, she ran them through a DNA sequencing system and then-3D printed the results with a face-generating program. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

“After collecting her samples from Penn Station, public parks and other areas around the city, Dewey-Hagborg brings them to Brooklyn’s Genspace Biotech Lab, where DNA sequencing is performed on the samples in 40 different genomes. The artist then checks for potential traits implied by the DNA. The findings are then run through a face-generating program that Dewey-Hagborg modified from an existing program,” according to Inhabitat.