Friday, January 28, 2022

Ben Wilson: Chewing Gum Artist

 

London The Unfinished City

Whilst traversing the River Thames, via the London MillenniuM Footbridge, you will often have to dodge people, usually tourists, crouching down in the middle of the thoroughfare taking pictures of the floor.

London The Unfinished City

No, they aren't floor connoisseurs, but rather people trying to take photos of miniature works of art. 

London The Unfinished City

Yes, really. Beneath the feet of the millions of people who cross the bridge yearly, are tiny works of art that many miss or are oblivious to. 

London The Unfinished City

It all began back with artist Ben Wilson who had decided that the various shapes made by discarded chewing gum would make good canvasses.

London The Unfinished City

He began his artform in Muswell Hill and Trinity Buoy Wharf before extending across the London MillenniuM Footbridge and into Tate Modern.

London The Unfinished City

Considering this unhygienic way of disposing of chewing gum, and its capacity to defy the natural order of decay, I am glad that someone is doing something to highlight the issue.

London The Unfinished City

Obviously, with the footfall and weather these works of art are fleeting, so they are worth seeking out.

London The Unfinished City

So, the next time you are walking across the London MillenniuM Footbridge, or visiting Tate Modern, keep an eye on where you are walking.

London The Unfinished City

And if you are in Muswell Hill or Trinity Buoy Wharf and see any of these miniature works of art, stop and take a good look as they won't be there forever.

London The Unfinished City

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