Think Twice Next Time You Spit Out Your Gum


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.


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37 Comments on Think Twice Next Time You Spit Out Your Gum

  1. Whoa….. that is CREEPY!!!!

  2. thats creepy

  3. Avenher Nerd // September 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm // Reply

    That is nuts!

  4. they’ve got squidward’s noses

  5. m3wwegfwhwfggdfh // September 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm // Reply

    interesting, but not to judge that is creepy as she is following people reconstructing their faces and putting them on her wall

  6. One word to describe this… and it’s already been said 3x. C-R-E-E-P-Y

  7. If an artist can do this sort of thing think of what the military could do. PS This is why I swallow my gum. : /

  8. it would be even more creepy if someone walk into a art gallery just to find
    a model of thair face made by someone thay don’t even know.

  9. Percy Jackson // September 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm // Reply

    It would be better if she got people’s permission before doing this.

  10. Percy Jackson // September 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm // Reply

    How do we know that the people actually look like this?


  12. Oh. I thought she made faces OUT of gum. But this is WAY weirder. What if you just happened to see yourself? Peechtival!

  13. blackout time // September 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm // Reply

    I’m really trying to deside if that line of work is cool or would totally suck, all the same that’s really impresive / creepy.

  14. so aewsome

  15. ……is that legal?

  16. i would use
    gloves if this was my job

  17. I’m scared

  18. that is scary

  19. Nick The Jumping Spider // September 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm // Reply

    THAT IS SOOOOO CRAZIE! like wow. creeeepieeeee! a buncha faces mounted on the walls ZTARING INTO YOUR SOUL!!!!!!!

  20. This is actually kind of cool. It’s weird, but unique.

  21. rick_james_epic // September 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    That is super freaky

  22. The future is here…we will al have to follow Walter White’s example and pay for someone to erase our evidence and incinerate our gum…:)

  23. creepy and cool 😀

  24. body steeler:…… and I shall shave myself bald stuff my hair in a bag and eat my fingernails and swallow my gum….


  26. the nintendo fan // September 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm // Reply

    well i wonder if she is in a cearten three letter agency…

  27. Hello! Wise Guy is now back from playing THE BEST COMPUTER GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyways, I think this is interesting because I like this kind of stuff, especially computer science. (Samuel- I mean, What is gone playing a very fun map game, so you won’t see him anymore.)

  28. the nintendo fan // September 23, 2013 at 8:40 am // Reply


  29. Sounds like Extracting Art from Science! Great blog!

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