In the meantime, as I ponder what local flavors Australians are finding simulated in their chewing gum, my own children are thoroughly and completely into the joys of chewing gum, as well. They received this sugar-free bubble gum in their stockings and as much as I'd like to buy them some Grape Hubba Bubba, the parent in me thinks of the sugar bugs that will feast on their teeth as they chew. They are so eager to chew, that they look to begin chewing as soon as they wake up in the morning.As always, my thoughts regarding one topic, lead me to discoveries in other areas. In my realm, a simple thing like gum is not fully thought about until I do an image search to see what kind of art can be linked to it. Naturally, gum is no different. There are several artists who have used gum as their medium/subject. The work below, created by Roland Hicks, captures the action of stepping in gum. Although it may look like a photograph, it is actually an oil painting. This particlar series was humorous to me in that, despite my love for chewing gum, I hate stepping in gum. To my chagrin, it seems to be an annoyance that occurs far too often to me.
Continueing with our tales of art and gum, Ben Wilson is another artist who uses gum as a component of his art. At first sight, he looks like someone who might not be well. But, in fact, laying on the ground, he paints miniscule paintings on the surface of gum that has been discarded and therefore stuck to the asphalt by any number of passers by.
As much as I despise touching discarded gum underneath a table, I am willing to overlook this in order to answer Violet Beauregarde's question, "What's so fab about it?" From flavor sensations, to fresh breath, to contemporary art, gum has the ability to create intriguing sensory experiences for all whom choose to unwrap the possibilities.