Think Twice Next Time You Spit Out Your Gum

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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 Responses to “Think Twice Next Time You Spit Out Your Gum”

  1. 8of12
    September 5, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Whoa….. that is CREEPY!!!!

    • Billybobjoe
      September 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      That is creepy.

  2. Matthew
    September 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    thats creepy

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

    That is nuts!

  4. ninjapies44
    September 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    they’ve got squidward’s noses

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      yes it is

  5. m3wwegfwhwfggdfh
    September 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

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

  6. Potato
    September 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

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

  7. Gandalf
    September 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    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. j hun
    September 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    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 #

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

    • justbackfromnapawon
      September 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      it would be better if people put their gum in the trash

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

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

  11. Butt Nugget
    September 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    STALKER

  12. purple bird
    September 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    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 #

    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. hihihi
    September 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    so aewsome

  15. moo
    September 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    ……is that legal?

  16. geekguy220
    September 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    i would use
    gloves if this was my job

  17. whatsup?
    September 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m scared

  18. mama
    September 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    that is scary

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

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

  20. butterman
    September 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

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

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

    That is super freaky

  22. Enderman138
    September 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    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. LEGOscout
    September 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    creepy and cool :D

  24. body steeler
    September 19, 2013 at 2:48 am #

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

    • the nintendo fan
      September 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      well…. no wonder your called body stealer you are the gum artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • the nintendo fan
        September 21, 2013 at 11:21 am #

        no ovence

    • Avenger Nerd
      September 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      That would be weird, but I like it!! :o

  25. DARTH VADER
    September 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

  27. Wise Guy
    September 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    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.)

    • Wise Guy from a month later
      October 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      Hello, Wise Guy.

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

    guuuuuuuuuulp….

  29. 2T9
    October 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Wow

  30. Segmation
    October 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Sounds like Extracting Art from Science! Great blog!

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