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Facial Sculptures Made from Random DNA Samples

 |  |  |  |  February 6, 2013

DNA is essential to carbon-based life as we know it, but this is one of the few times that I’ve seen it used to create art. An artist created portrait sculptures from the analyses of genetic material that was collected in public places.

dna faces sculpture 3d print photo

Heather Dewey-Hagborg created these portraits from random genetic material left behind in public spaces on everything from cigarette butts to chewing gum and strands of hair. She calls her work Stranger Visions, and it’s supposed to ‘call attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance’.

dna faces sculpture 3d print sample photo

She used facial modeling software and a 3D printer to make these samples into sculptures, which were reconstructed from ethnic profiles, eye color, and hair color.¬†Since the samples were randomly collected, we have no idea how accurate the facsimiles faces are compared to their genetic materials’ providers.


dna faces sculpture 3d print modeling photo

What’s even more fascinating is that she perfected her software using open-source DNA profiles available for public download over on¬†github. Yes, you can open source your DNA.

[via designboom]