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3D printed in white nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
Q-11: "CHEWINGGUM HOLDER™" by SIKI IM
You might hate 'em or love 'em. Nevertheless, these chewing gum spots on the concrete sidewalks are part of the urban texture and part of New York City. Certain streets have a sea of these black spots and others have almost none.
Flavorful and sticky, and 5000-year-old chewy rubber is about a $20 billion business worldwide—and the second most common form of litter.
Studies have shown that sidewalks in front of private and residential buildings have far less gum spots than those in front of public buildings. Most chewed gum is found around trash cans and not in them. Additionally, mathematician Walker Harrison argues, through research, that upscale neighborhoods in NYC have far fewer gum stains on the streets than poorer areas.
Q-11 is an affluent community in Queens. Walking around, you cannot unnotice how clean the neighborhood is. The sidewalks are eerily pristine and smooth.
We wanted for our souvenir to be not just a mere object that sits covered in dust and forgotten. We wanted for our souvenir to be a strong memory of something that is so everyday—and maybe banal—but that is affecting and even practical.
Chewed gum resting on the city's pavement is as sentimental and evocative as your lox bagel, the Empire State Building, or the city's unceasing white noise!
Our souvenir, the CHEWINGGUM HOLDER™ can either help you to discard gum by placing it on the holder, or can initiate the opposite: leaving the monolithic cement object clean and spotless.
We hope that the CHEWINGGUM HOLDER™ will make you more aware and mindful of the simple act of throwing out your chewing gum, and that it makes you reminisce about the colorful diverse streets of New York City.