Artist Ben Wilson has created more than 10,000 paintings on chewing gum stuck to pavements in the UK and Europe. Most of his work can be found in London’s Muswell Hill (thanks for the spot Elliot).
Wilson’s paintings take anywhere from two hours to three days to produce. He heats the gum with a small blowtorch, coats it with acrylic enamel, paints his masterpiece and finishes it with a clear lacquer seal. Subject matter ranges from portraits to landscapes – here is Elmwood London’s neighbourhood in miniature.
Each year, Britain spends £150 million cleaning chewing gum from pavement.