Artist turns dropped used chewing gum into mini masterpieces on Sunderland streets

Art in miniature& artist Ben Wilson down on the pavement outside Sunderland Rail Station painting a picture. Ben's 'canvas' is an old piece of discarded chewing gum that has been trodden into the ground!
Art in miniature& artist Ben Wilson down on the pavement outside Sunderland Rail Station painting a picture. Ben's 'canvas' is an old piece of discarded chewing gum that has been trodden into the ground!
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ARTIST Ben Wilson’s work is really something to get your teeth into.

The street artist, who paints tiny pictures on pieces of discarded chewing gum on the pavement, is out on the streets of north Sunderland this week.

Art in miniature& artist Ben Wilson down on the pavement outside Sunderland Rail Station painting a picture. Ben's 'canvas' is an old piece of discarded chewing gum that has been trodden into the ground!

Art in miniature& artist Ben Wilson down on the pavement outside Sunderland Rail Station painting a picture. Ben's 'canvas' is an old piece of discarded chewing gum that has been trodden into the ground!

Ben has been commissioned by the Cultural Spring Project, which is bringing art to council wards across the north of the city and in South Tyneside.

He ventured into the city centre last week, where his unique take on the art form proved an immediate hit with the public.

“Ben has been doing this for about 10 or 12 years and before that he was a wood sculptor, so he has always been involved with recycled art,” said Cultural Spring’s Garry Hunter.

“The reaction to his work is incredibly positive – no-one has ever seen anything like it before.

“It is all about bringing art out of the gallery and onto the street.

“There is a pretentiousness about a lot of art that can be intimidating.

“What we are doing is taking it out on to the streets so that everybody can see it and everybody can enjoy it.

“Ben’s happy to talk to anyone, so if you see a man lying on the pavement, come and say hello.”