Chewing Gum Man

This tiny artwork is one of many on the footway of the Milleneum Bridge in London. Ben Wilson, aka Chewing Gum Man has been painting on pieces of chewing gum stuck onto the metal deck, chewing gum discarded by passersby and trodden beneath the feet of hundreds or thousands of people.

Another miniature is almost complete as the artist lies amongst passing feet, intent on his work.

The gap between the raised metal treads is about 1 cm or half an inch, so imagine that as you look at these examples, photographed by me with people hurrying by … quite a challenge not to be in their way as I crouched low with my camera.

 
This one below is a tribute to a Japanese Tsunami victim ….

 

Although the coloured works were easier to see, I began to notice more subtle b&w figures too …

like this woman above …. and then here is another woman below, dancing with a crowd!

 
but I think I like his quizzical creatures best, this one really speaks of chewing gum to me!

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about Ben Wilson and his creative street art …. remember to look for it next time you are crossing Millenium Bridge.

 

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20 thoughts on “Chewing Gum Man

  1. Oh wow! wonderful photos of very, very special art. You can tell he puts a lot of thought and effort in each one. By the time I get on that bridge there will be lots more. Thanks Christine. πŸ™‚

  2. As with all the best street art, so full of creativity and irreverence – I admire his sang froid, stretched out over his workspace, beneath those unremitting feet! Great post, Christine. πŸ™‚

    • It seems longlasting, in fact Ben touches up older works to help keep them in good condition …. apparently he was once charged with defacing a pavement but was not convicted as the judge said he was not painting on the pavement but on the chewing gum!

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