Look Down: What You’re Missing on Millennium Bridge

I’m breaking with protocol a bit in this latest post. 

Don’t get me wrong, the Millennium Bridge has some stunning views which deserved to be enjoyed. Like this one for example:

Millennium Bridge

But the next time you’re crossing Millennium Bridge I want you all to look down.

There are tiny works of art to be found…

Millennium Bridge

And they’re the handiwork of Ben Wilson.

Like any Street Artist worth their salt, Ben is know by another name; The Chewing Gum Man.

Millennium Bridge

Taking this sticky litter as his canvas Ben paints tiny scenes on trodden-in chewing gum and create brightly coloured – tiny – pictures.

“When a person throws chewing gum, it’s a thoughtless action. I’m turning that around. People think they don’t have an effect. But all the people that chew gum and throw it on the street, they created that. Once painted, it suddenly takes on new meaning and has been given the kind of worth that would otherwise be unthinkable.” – Ben Wilson talking to Human Nature.

Millennium Bridge

After Ben’s finished with them they look like enamelled jewels. He uses layers of acrylic paint, adding the finishing shine by using a blow torch.

Millennium Bridge

Enjoying this post? Get the latest London secrets to your email
See the City from a new angle, discovering little things you miss everyday. Once a week. No spam, just inspiration.
Your details will never be shared with any 3rd parties

Unlike some street artists where speed is of the essence (given the illegal nature of their work) Ben’s pieces take a pretty long time to compete. He’s never been arrested though because he’s technically only painting the gum and not damaging any property. Clever right?

Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge project was completed in  2014 and contains a whopping 400 minuscule artworks.

So the next time you’re walking across, have a look down to see what you can find!

Millennium Bridge


  • Best Spiral Staircases

    10 Best Spiral Staircases in London

    If you're on the hunt for things to literally look up to, you can do no wrong with these beautiful sights. How many have you visited?...

  • Things to do in London

    10 Reasons Londoners Should Visit Parliament

    The oldest democracy in the world, based in a building with parts from the 11th century. If only those walls could talk. Thankfully, with the help of a Parliament guide they sort of do. Here's 10 things I learned from a guided tour of Parliament....

  • Unusual Gardens and Open Spaces in London

    10 Unusual Gardens and Open Spaces in London

    Often listed as one of the greenest cities in the world, London is blessed with 8 Royal Parks and surrounded by woodland. However, I've made a list of the more esoteric green places to visit in central London, spots with an interesting tale or simply in an unexpected place....

  • ondon doors

    15 London Doors With History Behind Them

    Whether it's a colour-pop Kensington townhouse or a dilapidated one in Shoreditch, they always seem to hint they've got some more to tell you....

  • London City Churches

    15 Unusual Things You Can Find In London City Churches

    There's 47 churches within London's square mile. Each with their own history and often some special quirk up their sleeve. From ancient relics to pop-up gardens and cutting edge sculpture to 17th century shoes, there's plenty of surprises to be found......

  • 5 Unmissable Objects at the Imperial War Museum

    It's tough curating a museum of death and destruction. Here are my highlights from an introductory tour...


  • Caitlin


    Love this post!

    February 27, 2017 at 11:33 am
  • Tamara McCombe


    This is great intell! You mind have to change your name to Look UP/Down London…

    March 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

Post a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.