Gallery: Artist Ben Wilson Uses Old Chewing Gum to Beautify Sidewalks

These gorgeous little gum-splat artworks are lovely, but they won't let you off the hook! While artist Ben Wilson has been hot on your trail - literally crawling on his hands and knees, making little tiny paintings on the flattened spats of gum you've left behind - this does not make it okay to spit your wads out on the sidewalk. But we won't harangue you too much, you're allowed to read on and learn more about Ben's work. After you've properly disposed of your gum, of course...

Mr. Wilson has been featured on BBC and a variety of other British media outlets for his meticulous works on chewing gum. Once he’s set his sights on a sidewalk, he doesn’t pass up a potential canvas, painting on every flattened blob for hours on end. While we’re featuring all but a sampling of his work here, a proper Flickr gallery can be viewed here, where one can find strawberries, cityscapes, tributes, memorials, commissioned ads and confessions of love – some signed by the artist and some lost in swirls and details. And while this may make you want to leave your gum for him on the sidewalk, don’t jump the gun – Wilson already has plenty to work with, so let’s not go making more blotches, eh?

via Kuriositas


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1 Comment

  1. anothervoice November 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    There’s a fine line here somewhere. Let’s not confuse something like OCD with art.

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