The Parkland Walk Art Trail
Throughout 2020 Ben Wilson, famous for his miniature artworks created on discarded chewing gum, has been creating pictures along the Parkland Walk. Each tiny piece of art is a reflection of the character and history of the Parkland Walk with brightly coloured animals and plant life and references to its past as a railway line. The project has been funded through crowd funding and attracted just short of a hundred donations.
If you've ever noticed any of the brown numbered marker posts along the side of the path then hunt around the immediate area and see if you can find one of Ben's paintings. Each post has a picture nearby. You won't need to stray off the path to find them. Ben has made some easier to find than others. There are 17 marker posts in all but Ben has created many other pictures along the way. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll soon become familiar with the type of locations where you can expect to find others. We're not giving away any clues as to where these others are! If you can access the Google map on our website via a mobile device, the locations of the marker posts are also shown with a leaf logo.
More about Ben and his work
Having worked as a sculptor and artist for more than 16 years, travelling all over the UK, Europe and the US, Ben focuses on taking rubbish and discarded waste and turning it into something beautiful.
Inspired by the urban landscape in which he typically works, Ben is perhaps most famous for his ‘chewing gum art’ – taking trodden-in pieces of chewing gum and turning them into miniature artworks. These intricately detailed pieces encourage people to look more closely at their natural environment. Featuring bright splashes of colour, often in unexpected places, the pieces transform an unpleasant discarded item and turn it into something positive.