Don't Stick Your Used Gum Under the Table. Give It To This Guy! Chewed Up Gum Art
GumArt was born from thousands of hours of chewing and spreading. Since 1998, Jamie Marraccini at GumArt.com has given gum enthusiasts around the world something to look at and enjoy. Yes, that's right, he makes art from chewed up gum.
From the site, the artist gives his statement on why he does this type of art: "Over the years I've jawed most of what the world has to offer, I believe gum is a smile waiting to be given away, and I've created 30 works totaling more than 35,000 pieces of gum. I've now come to the realization that the gum justifies the art. The fun is in the chewing and the art is an expression of the fun. Just remember, gum is not chewed for health or sustenance. People chew gum for pleasure. It is in that spirit that GumArt exists, and I am a spreader of gum."
Some of these pieces use anywhere from 127 pieces of chewed up gum to 4,212 pieces. That's alot of gum!
And if you want to try your own gum art, the artist has created a site called Chew by Numbers where you can actually buy a kit to do it yourself.
When asked if he handles other people's gum with gloves, he says no because he doesn't work with fresh gum. He likes to let it age a little and sometimes you can tell someone has bad hygiene because the gum will start to rot. Umm, ew?
As for the gum that stays the freshest? He uses Bubbalicious and Fruit Stripe gum. He tries to do a project in a month when he works on it full time, but usually tries to finish one large project per year.
Is anyone out there willing to donate any chewed up gum to this artist? This does make me wonder what he does with the bits of food that are left in the gum. Or is that all just part of the artwork?
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