New York City artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg spied a hair lodged in a crack in the glass covering a painting. She related later that she stared at that captured hair for an hour wondering who it belonged to, and whether she could find out who the person was.
Sounds like the beginning sequence to “CSI”.
Was after reading about forensic DNA in the Feb 18, 2011, edition of Science, page 838, Ms. Dewey-Hagborg decided to turn her curiosity into an art project. At random she collected 11 hair samples from around the city. Stranger’s hairs, hair on trees, hair on street signs, hair in the sidewalk, hair on theater seats, hair in bathroom sinks, hair on subways. As said, strange hairs.