Gum Election is a $15 street art project by Stefan Haverkamp and James Cooper. The purpose of the idea was to encourage people to vote on Election Day as well as keeping the city a little cleaner.

In 2011 people in the Big Apple could vote again. This time between the two cell phone providers AT&T and Verizon.

Now it’s 2012 and Americans are voting for their 45th President Of The United States on November 6th. This time it’s Obama versus Romney and everything is a lot closer than in 2008.

The 2012 Gum Election was made in collaboration with Hedvig Astrom

Gum Election 2011

Gum Election 2008

This blog has been viewed more than 50.000 times, triggered endless spoofs and has now millions of search results on Google. Additionally Gum Election appeared in endless street art, design, advertising and pop culture publications. If you have any more questions, send Stefan a line on Twitter.

20 thoughts on “ABOUT GUM ELECTION

  1. coye says:

    found this on a street post on the northeast corner of Dearborn & Wacker in Chicago this morning 10/28/2008. can’t wait til after work to see if it’s still there. maybe you’d like to post an update on it. (sorry for the double comment, but i forgot the link to the pic.)

  2. […] (brought to my attention my N. Kang). It’s called Gum Election. You print out a poster (downloadable here), post it, then see how people vote with their gum. The goal is to, “encourage people to vote […]

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  4. db says:

    hi, I need to talk to you about a huge art project, book & shows.
    please email me back.

  5. The Bizzle says:

    great concept guys……
    Design is a big weak and the image is 150 not 300 dpi, BTW, but keep it up!

  6. PL@STiC says:

    This is in St. Louis down on the Delmar Loop. I saw it days ago and knew it had to come from NY. I’m going to plaster them all over on Election Day for the non voters and kiddies. Fun concept.

  7. sents says:

    you should set up a flickr site for these pictures

  8. Megan says:

    This is a great concept! I love it. This is truly creative activism.

  9. deanmeistr says:

    I was inspired by your work …just spotted it yesterday an blogged about it today.


  10. silvia says:

    Hi Stefan,
    I’d like to have a short bio about you, so i can present you and your project and some images of the poster in the cities.
    So the new title of my project will be Dinamic communication and I will present a lot of graphic projects that implie interaction or just that change in time like some Sagmaster’s ones ( http://www.sagmeister.com/worknew13.html).
    So as I have already tell you, please send me names of artist, graphic designer of whatever that works with time (maybe soon I will start a blog about the argoument) .
    I have really liked your work and you disponibility,
    so tell me anything I can do for you!
    Have a nice week,

  11. frogshit says:

    hi! we also have elections in germany in autumn thats why i startet a german version of this projekt on this blog:


    greetings frog…

  12. EG says:

    I would like to talk with u about an interview opportunity. Could u kindly email me back?
    Thanks so much!

  13. […] on Election Day in the USA as well as keeping the city a little cleaner. The idea isn’t new. They did it before in 2011 with the two cell phone providers AT&T and […]

  14. Rick says:

    One of the images contains a racial slur….nice art.

  15. i am also interested to film an interview with u guys for croatian television…here is my email…please let me know if this is possible…i live in ny. tonciantunovic@gmail.com

  16. Blake C says:

    Isn’t really representative, though an interesting concept. You’re assuming that gum chewing and putting gum on a wall is relatively universal though… seems a bit more for the young and/or lower class, which we all know favor Obama anyways

  17. do says:

    It was the 57th presidential election, just saying. Also, the posters may have caught the attention of more Obama supporters as opposed to Romney’s because the images depicted resemble Obama’s hope campaign from 2008. Great concept though, I look forward to seeing another come 2016.

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