10 February 2013

Ben Wilson: The Chewing Gum Man

A couple of years ago we featured the work of Ben Wilson (left) who has scoured the streets of London for years with one thing of his mind – to transform the gum that the people leave behind in to art.  So it was great to discover this short film by Ed Elmsley and Tom Millen.

They were able to follow Wilson around and record his thoughts and feelings as he created his chewing gum art.  We get a glimpse in to the process of how Wilson ensures that his work lasts more than a few days.  It also serves as a snapshot of the UK under the present government and how, despite effectively disenfranchising a lot of people, there are still those who chose to voice their dissent in a less than usual manner.