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29 July 2009

"Stop Smackin' That Gum"



Italian artist Maurizio Savini who uses pink chewing gum as material for his sculptures

Those words reverberate in my head every time I even think of putting a stick of gum in my mouth. Gum chewing wasn't something that we did growing up in our house...at least we didn't want to get caught doing the chewing.

When I was really young, I was invited to a birthday party where the prize given for blowing the largest bubble with bubblegum was a beautiful pin wheel with a tube of colorful candy for the stick. Remember those? Of course, my ability at chewing or blowing gum was pretty limited with the rules of our household. I didn't win the prize but went home vowing that next year, I was going to have that pinwheel! I convinced my brother it was a good idea...don't we all need a cohort in crime? We would hunt for pennies on the street, under sofa cushions, anywhere we could find those shiny copper numbers that would get me closer to my goal. Once found, off to the local Five & Dime where we would put our grubby little hands into the jar and pull out some pink chewy goodness wrapped in blue and yellow paper.

"Stop smackin' that gum!" continually echoed from the next room as we would blow bubbles right and left trying to be as quiet as we could. Kids don't think of cavities at that age.

I'm here to tell you that I did win the pinwheel the next year..shared it with my cohort....and to this day, can still blow a mean bubble. Now I'm thinking this talent could have been put to some very good use...who ever would have thought you could create art with bubblegum?
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22 comments:

briannelee said...

That is a cute story :)

Those sculptures are interesting but they kind-of creep me out too....

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Interesting post Alicia. What I want to know is, are the sculptures made of pre-chewed bubble gum? Now the visuals on that would creep me out a bit!

There is just no cap whatsoever on human creativity . . . Just when you think you have seen it all . . .

Hit 40 said...

Just amazing what artists use for a medium!! Very whimsical.

Snap said...

I love the sculptures ... too funny! I chew bubble gum. Had some yesterday. It goes along with baseball season for us. The university team we follow has its own bubble gum lady. Her husband (now deceased) was a head and neck surgeon and big baseball supporter. He told the guys they should chew gum not tobacco. Tobacco giving them a better than average chance for cancer. So, bubble gum it is -- even for the big league games!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I think they are amazing!
I'm sure they smell delicious too...

xo*

Sandra said...

I wonder how the sculpture is preserved? I also grew up in a household that didn't go for gum chewing, so I know what you mean. Perhaps you should have put your talent to use blowing glass!

Divine Mrs D said...

I really like the bear one. Did you see the Abraham Lincoln statue made entirely out of cheese? :)

I love your story too! My dad chews bubble gum ALL THE TIME, but my mom can't because of jaw surgery she had.

SoDear2MyHeart said...

Bubble gum is one of those things that can bring forth a rushing river of childhood memories...

My strangest gum memory is of my Dad. His "real" job (other than as an antique dealer) was in sales. He regularly chewed Wrigleys Spearmint Gum to keep his breath fresh when he went on sales calls...or so I thought. It was the ONLY kind of gum he ever bought. I grew to HATE the stuff...especially when Bubblicious made its entre' to the gum chewing scene...so many new flavors and all Dad would ever buy was Wrigleys. Spearmint.

One day, he was down in our basement, working to repair a "gloppy" gold antique picture frame for a customer. The plaster work that made up the flourishes, beading and shells on the frame was chipped and broken in several places. I sat down on the stairs to watch Dad work. He handed me a piece of the dreaded Wrigleys and asked me if I'd chew a piece for him... "Ugh, Dad, I can't stand this stuff...I don't know how you can only chew this one flavor." He said, "It's simple...you see these broken areas on this picture frame?" I nodded. "The best way to repair them is with Wrigleys. He popped a well chewed piece out of his mouth, applied it to the wooden surface of the frame and "sculpted" it into a perfect match for the missing plaster design. He explained that Wrigleys Spearmint is the only thing he could find that he could easily manipulate, it dried rock hard without shrinking...it could be sanded and filed...and it would easily accept paint or gold-leafing without flaking or chipping. Together, we started chewing and sculpting... Within a few short hours and with very tired jaws, "we" had the frame completely repaired and set aside to dry.

They say "Necessity is the Mother of Invention." I've never heard about anyone else using this method, but it couldn't have been our secret alone...or at least it isn't any more...

Wonderful post, as always... Hugs!

NODtoMOD said...

omg too funny! that kid looks super creepy at the top! you can blow a mean bubble too! xo

Pretty Little World said...

These are pretty cool sculptures. I'm always amazed when people make these crazy detailed art pieces out of things that no one else would think to use.

Dani said...

absolutely amazing. how creative!

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Alisa said...

Crazy art! Wonderful story!

Rose said...

I always appreciate interesting Art.

Thank you for sharing!

I don't remember the last time I chewed gum...probably as a teenager.

TheChicGeek said...

I don't know, Alicia...I think those sculptures are a little scary...LOL

Marbella Designs said...

wow, that's freaking amazing!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

very cute story and yay you for learning to blow a mean bubble and winning the next time!!!! And WOW it amazes me the talent that some people have!!

drollgirl said...

WOW!!!!! i have never seen these or even heard of this artist!!!! these pieces are pretty amazing!

Liss said...

That is amazing and no glue required either just bubble gum.

Some Like it Vintage said...

It's amazing what kind of materials can be used for sculptures - never would have thought of chewing gum! Is it ABC? (already been chewed...remember that one?) Doesn't look it...I hope not - ick. :-)

Britwife said...

I love the idea and the finished product. I am grossed out by the product! :)

Here Under the Rainbow said...

Nothing beats chewing bubblegum to bring back memories of pigtails, skipping along in Mary Janes, and getting it in your kid sister's hair so you can give her a bad haircut. What a brat I was!! Very creative post, thank you.

lyptis said...

Those sculptures are just damn f*ckin creepy!

I wudnt wanna have one of those in my bedroom!
Especially the first one, he looks like some sort of drug dealer!

But apart from that they are very creative and original! Real cool!