Meet The Chewing Gum Artist – Ben Wilson known as the Chewing Gum Man.
If you ever walk across the Millenium bridge in London, look under your feet and you will see little colourful drawings. These are what the Chewing Gum Artist, Ben Wilson, calls gum pics.
I meet many strange and wonderful characters when making my London vlog.
Ben Wilson is no stranger to the police and in fact he often has run-ins with them as they try to prosecute him for vandalism, but he replies that he is simply creating art out of rubbish -turning something horrible into something beautiful. After all, who wants to see all that ugly chewing gum all over the place?
These days the chewing gum man is becoming pretty famous with numerous tv appearances and it is quite apt that a lot of his pictures are situated so close to the Tate Modern. However, what is quite typical of London is that when he has been found decorating the chewing gum on the actual Tate Modern property a security guard has asked him to move! So they actually prefer to have ugly chewing gum there than to have a nice piece of art from the Chewing Gum Man!
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