Artist creates life-size sculptures using chewed bubble *pics*

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  1. Artist creates life-size sculptures using chewed bubblegum

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4246750/Artist-creates-life-size-sculptures-using-chewed-bubblegum.html

    The artist Maurizio Savini has created a series of sculptures from chewed bubblegum including a buffalo and a bear, which have been shown at Testori UK Gallery, London.

    Maurizio Savini's intricate works are created using thousands of pieces of the bright pink gum, and have sold for as much as £40,000 each.

    They include a life-size buffalo, a grizzly bear and suited businessmen suspended in gymnastic poses.

    Savini, 39, has been using the unusual material, known in his native Italy as 'American Gum' after it arrived during World War II, for the past 10 years.

    His sticky sculptures have been exhibited all over the world, including London, Edinburgh, Rome and Berlin, where they have sold for as much.

    The artist, based in Rome, said: "The reason I like to use chewing gum is because it seemed to me an amazingly versatile material compared to those used by the traditional arts such as painting.

    "Despite its history of it belonging to popular culture, chewing gum does not have a statute of its own within institutional art.

    "I believe that in my work on this material is redeemed and acquires a capacity and it has an expressive dignity of its own.

    "I work the chewing gum when it is warm and manipulate it with a knife just like some traditional material like clay.

    "The most important step is the fixing of the sculptures with formaldehyde and antibiotic."

    Art critic Mario Codognato, from Pastificio Cerere gallery, Italy, said Savini's gum sculptures embodied the essence of youth.

    He wrote "Maurizio's work reminds of the sensual act of chewing, the voluptuous warmth of rebelling saliva, the artificial and secretly aseptic fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promise and missed kiss.

    "Applying all this to the power and energy of the sculpture and its history causes a short circuit having the capacity of turning the lucid into stately and vice versa.

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  2. Amazing. Very imaginative.

    I once saw pics of an artist that used dried Ramen noodles for his architectural sculptures. It was really cool.
     
  3. WOW!!!! That is beautiful
     
  4. very artistic.... i wonder, does he chew all that gum himself, or does he use a masticating machine?
     
  5. that is amazing!
     
  6. :wtf:

    That's crazy!! In a good way.
     
  7. That is so crazy. My husband's cousin's wife (long, I know) does this same thing in NYC. She made a sculpture of a pig and her father out of chewing gum.

    http://www.melissamartin.info/8.1

    She created the pig, and butchered it according to USDA choice cut guidelines.

    http://www.melissamartin.info/7.1

    She also did her father, and sold him by the pound. Prices ranged from $50-300, I believe.

    Very cool, I can't imagine chewing that much gum.
     
  8. wow those are awesome! some people are so talented...unfortunately i'm not one of them.
     
  9. That is amazing. One thing the artist can be sure of, and that is no one is going to touch his art.
     
  10. Ew... :supacool:

    It's also gross on entirely different level because it looks like ground meat, especially with the bear sculpture.
     
  11. So weird! Yet, so cool!

    Oh and the other links, with the pig, very different!

    I wish I was artistic!
     
  12. Art critic Mario Codognato, from Pastificio Cerere gallery, Italy, said Savini's gum sculptures embodied the essence of youth.

    He wrote "Maurizio's work reminds of the sensual act of chewing, the voluptuous warmth of rebelling saliva, the artificial and secretly aseptic fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promise and missed kiss.

    lmao! uh-huh:rolleyes:
     

  13. Am I the only one who finds it disturbing that she made a life size sculpture of her dad and then cut him up and sold him like steak?

    The pig was gross, too.

    Did she used to be a butcher?
     
  14. cool and gross at the same time! Melissa Martin's work is really interesting, too. I like them both.
     
  15. I know! That is disgusting. I got the impression she actually cut her real dad up and sold him to all the cannibalists out there. Yuck.

    ETA: I find it interesting that she cremates a whole Thanksgiving dinner and puts it inside an urn. Why?