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An Artist Uses Discarded Junk to Create Portraits From DNA Traces

By: Sara Starkman - Published: • References: enpundit
Humans are often inspiration behind great pieces of artwork- human DNA; however, well that's a different story.

New York artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has taken portraiture to another level by scouring the streets for discarded junk, such as cigarette butts, chewing gym and finger nails (yes, fingernails!) in order to extract traces of human DNA. She then uses her computer to analyze the human DNA and draw up an image of what that person might look like, before sending the image to her 3D printer to create a sculpture.

Now you may think this walks a fine line with respect to the online privacy debate, and undoubtedly it does. But it also means that all you have to do is slip your gum under a park bench, and your face could very well wind up as a statement piece in a living room on the upper east side. Ah, the price of fame. Stats for DNA-Created Portraits Trending: This Year & Chilly
Traction: 51 w
Interest: 0.5 minutes
Concept: Human DNA
Related: 79 examples / 61 photos
Segment: Neutral, 18-55
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