A New York artist has been collecting DNA samples from the streets via discarded cigarette butts and gum to find out what that person might look like. A computer program analyzes the sample which feeds the image to a 3D printer that makes the sculpture.
Awesome or somewhat creepy? What do you guys think?
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Photo credit: Heather Dewey-Hagborg
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