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Sidewalk Gum Art: Artistic or Ew?

AdriHead 2012/07/09 21:58:36
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No one likes gum on the sidewalk. Well, no one except Ben Wilson, anyway. Because instead of accidentally stepping on the sticky stuff on the streets, Britain's well-known "outsider artist" does something much different than the rest of us: he makes art.

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When discovering gum on the street, Wilson starts painting small pictures on the tiny blobs and eventually transforms the urban ick into small little pieces of art. Are you into the unique form of art? Or do you think it's super weird (and kind of gross)?

NYTIMES.COM reports:
The artist Ben Wilson has a peculiar passion: he paints pictures on flattened blobs of chewing gum on London’s sidewalks.
sidewalk gum art

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/14/world/europe/14m...

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  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/13 20:01:16
    Ew
    Margaret Jacobson
    I would rather someone just out some gum !! EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW on the sidewalk !!
  • CpatainCat 2012/07/11 15:01:28
    Artistic
    CpatainCat
    definitely
  • 001 2012/07/11 13:33:06
    Ew
    001
    Bit of both, but mostly ew.
  • drdos1943 2012/07/11 12:47:38
    Artistic
    drdos1943
    This is a rather sticky question and I had to chew on it a while.

    From the pictures, it no doubt is art, but so is some graffiti. As long as the artist does not destroy property, go for it.
  • Jules 2012/07/11 11:48:43
    Artistic
    Jules
    It's better than walking around seeing someones wet, sticky pink gum on the floor. This is at least really nice to look at, and probably by the time we see it the paint has dried and it wouldn't even feel like gum anymore if we touched it.
  • frequent–antagonist 2012/07/11 03:21:30
    Artistic
    frequent–antagonist
    Not something I would like to touch, but still better than the regular pink slobs.
  • Gay Johnny 2012/07/11 02:00:58
    Ew
    Gay Johnny
    Umm just no
  • Lolo_O 2012/07/10 22:22:25
    Artistic
    Lolo_O
    But it's no reason to throw your gum on the sidewalk ... it's no good for the nature !
  • Luana 2012/07/10 21:14:51
    Artistic
    Luana
    i think it's awesome! if the gums going to be there anyways you might as well make it look presentable
  • Elizabeth 2012/07/10 20:46:48
    Ew
    Elizabeth
    Weird. 0.o
  • •Sora•Knightwalker• 2012/07/10 19:49:47
    Artistic
    •Sora•Knightwalker•
    Is it just me or does anyone notice an image of Naruto in the first gum portrait?
  • nadzzy <3 2012/07/10 19:30:04
    Artistic
    nadzzy <3
    It's quite cool :D
  • Katherine 2012/07/10 19:05:44
    Artistic
    Katherine
    Fantastic if it improves the appearance of the street.
  • Whitney Kendall 2012/07/10 18:53:40
    Artistic
    Whitney Kendall
    kinda odd but what ever floats ur boat...
  • retrograve 2012/07/10 18:52:26
    Ew
    retrograve
    +1
    While it may be artistic that is still some nasty stuff to be stepping in.
  • Zeruke 2012/07/10 18:51:03
    Artistic
    Zeruke
    and a bit of ew to go with it
  • BigKwell 2012/07/10 18:24:37
    Ew
    BigKwell
    +1
    You gunk up the walk - you pay for cleaning it off my shoe!
  • Elizabeth BigKwell 2012/07/10 20:47:24
    Elizabeth
    +1
    Haha!!! Yea!
  • Emily Barrington 2012/07/10 18:16:33
    Artistic
    Emily Barrington
    - with an 'ew' touch.
  • Howler 2012/07/10 18:12:51
    Ew
    Howler
    (Ch)-ew.
  • hayley 2012/07/10 17:51:42
    Artistic
    hayley
    its still kind of gross tho lol
  • TJ 2012/07/10 17:36:20
  • mizzSHADYgirl 2012/07/10 16:43:18
    Artistic
    mizzSHADYgirl
    But still ew since hes using chewed up gum. But it's artistic.
  • Kid Neon 2012/07/10 16:23:55
    Artistic
    Kid Neon
    as an amateur street artist i appreciate the medium. i like it when people expand to new and creative mediums like this.
  • ticlo7 2012/07/10 15:46:01
    Artistic
    ticlo7
    +1
    Considering the amount of gum that's on London's streets...it'll make it look a lot better than it is!
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/07/10 14:43:25
    Ew
    SOUL4REAL
    Sidewalk Gum Art,that's just stupid! I hate to get gum under my shoes! That's a "Sticky" artistic!
  • Nekosarethebest 2012/07/10 12:37:21
    Artistic
    Nekosarethebest
  • the fuze 2012/07/10 12:29:06
    Ew
    the fuze
    +1
    It's creative... but no thanks.
  • Twinky 2012/07/10 11:27:59
    Artistic
    Twinky
    +3
    Can't it be both?
  • Bulanova (Team Hargitay) 2012/07/10 11:14:49
    Artistic
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    These are not the best photos. They need to have a coin or ruler or something beside each piece of gum to show actual size.
  • ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂ 2012/07/10 10:43:49
    Artistic
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    epic clap for you Ben Wilson
  • Hope 2012/07/10 08:51:50
    Ew
    Hope
    thats kinda gross
  • helli.candy 2012/07/10 08:08:43
    Artistic
    helli.candy
    everyone can have his own kind of art and u cant say that something is no art only cause you don`t understand it
  • Tella6 2012/07/10 07:18:40
    Ew
    Tella6
    +1
    I don't know.. Does that mean people would feel okay to start spitting out their gum everywhere in the hopes that it'll become art one day? Haha.
  • Kid Neon Tella6 2012/07/10 16:24:31
    Kid Neon
    it hasn't stopped people before.
  • i love the cure!!! 2012/07/10 07:15:52
    Artistic
    i love the cure!!!
    It's so Imaginative!!!!! <33
  • XRenX 2012/07/10 06:49:42
    Artistic
    XRenX
    He makes it look much better than a blob of gum on the street, It is beautiful and original.
  • boobear<3 2012/07/10 06:36:16
  • mae 2012/07/10 05:37:41
    Ew
    mae
    Ew! Sticky melted gum by any other name.
  • XoXo 2012/07/10 05:25:00
    Ew
    XoXo
    Thats a huge flatted slap of gum. This is gross.

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