Ben Wilson, otherwise known as the ‘chewing-gum man’, is a characterful street artist who started experimenting with occasional chewing-gum paintings in 1998, and in October 2004 began working on them full time. 

He has braved the elements to create more than 10,000 of these miniature works on pavements all over the UK and parts of Europe. Recently he created a trail from St Paul’s to the Tate Modern across the Millennium Bridge in London. 

Ben spends up to ten hours painting colourful designs and pictures onto gum, it is first heated with blow torch and then treated with lacquer after painting. Class S5A thorough enjoyed helping him and learning his methods on a piece of gum outside the main entrance. 

 

Chewing Gum Man