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The Chewing Gum Man

By dudler  
You wonder what's going on, seeing a figure lying on the bridge.

Stop, ask: you'll find it's it's Ben Wilson, a guerilla artist, painting chewing gum.

Why? He hates chewing gum, and loves making people happy with art.

Is it legal? Yes: as the police found when they charged Ben with criminal damage. He isn't defacing public property, committing criminal damage. He's painting rubbish.

A nice bloke, with a wry sense of humour. And a deft touch with a brush, even on a cold day in January, lying on a metal bridge over the Thames.

Digital art? Well, yes. Art that Ben creates, using his digits...

Tags: London Thames Digital art Painter Miniature Millenniumbridge Guerilla artist BenWilson TheChewingGumMan

Voters: morpheus1955, jamesmoorephotography, johnriley1uk and 33 more

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el-tel 15 8 Wales
31 Jan 2014 6:18PM
A compelling narrative with great supporting images. Having lived in London years ago it's interesting to see how things have changed.

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 6:57PM

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 525 England
31 Jan 2014 7:03PM
A well shot and informative series of images.
So the police would likely have wanted to bring in helicopters and armed response units for someone like this Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 7:22PM
V6 for the loneliness of the artistic genius. V7 for the sociability of same.
I've just had a very entertaining few minutes reading up on the court case.
dudler Plus
14 683 1290 England
31 Jan 2014 7:24PM
Maybe... But I think that they have a reasonable working relationship - rather like the way that Mark Thomas (journalist/activist/standup comedian) has, having run a series of demonstrations in the Westminster area (where Tony Blair tried to prevent too much protesting going on).

After all, if the police do their job properly, they test things out, and work with the results.They aren't actually either stupid or obstructive by nature. Just rather conservative and cautious!
STUARTHILL758 16 37 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 8:23PM
good on him
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
31 Jan 2014 10:41PM
I see he had done some art for you John Wink No8 Loved his pallet on his sleeve !!!
Bantu 4 7 1 India
1 Feb 2014 5:46AM
Lovely variation and capture.
kaybee 13 5.7k 25 Scotland
1 Feb 2014 8:14AM
When I saw the title I thought .... [b]so HE puts it there -- don't just talk to him ........... hit him with your stick![/b]
miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2014 4:40PM
A really interesting and unusual series, well presented
1 Feb 2014 8:20PM
I cross the bridge every day and see him often, even in the very cold weather. His work is fabulous and very detailed. I always walk with eyes scanning the ridged floor to spot new works. You have captured him excellently.
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2014 8:58PM
Fascinating! Really interesting set of images. They made me smile, so thanks for that Smile

Sue Smile

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