Published on November 5th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Now Here’s One I Spat Out Earlier
Artist Ben Wilson is adding a shade of colour to the pavements of London by painting miniature pictures onto discarded chewing gum-includingÂ his Ma-gum opus, a tributeÂ to the Tenth Doctor for his children.
BBC News recently followed theÂ sticky stylistÂ around London for a day where he has created over 8,000 paintings-often spending anything up from two hours to three days to complete themÂ beforeÂ photographing and cataloguing each one for his archive (Stick the video to the 1:33 mark for a glimpse of the Juicy Fruit Time Lord.)
Ben has also taken commissions including one from The Royal Society of Chemistry whoÂ recently asked him to paint depictions of each of the 118 known elements.
Ben is able to give the law the slip as the damage has been done by the inconsiderate soul who spat it out in the first place. He hopes thatÂ his spearmint showcases will helpÂ drawÂ attention to the gum on the streets- makingÂ people more aware of their surroundings.
His work turning on the spot fines into fine art has seen him become a minor celebrity in South Korea after appearing on television there.
(Via BBC News)
- Video: The Chewing Gum Man, transforming disgust to delight (guardian.co.uk)
- Ben Wilson creates art from chewing gum (lostateminor.com)