Seattle’s Gum Wall gets a reboot

One of the most iconic, maybe also the most disgusting, tourist attraction in Seattle got a reboot. During my short visit in Seattle today, I went to the city between flights and found the wall almost completely without gum. After some research I found out that it has undergone some extensive cleaning.

Post Alley

Post Alley

The famous Gum Wall. located in Post Alley under Pike Place Market, got a complete scrub down. It was needed because of the sugar in the gum started eroding the wall. The Gum Wall has grown to eight feet high and over 54 feet wide with approximately one million gum wads covering the wall. The cleanup started November 10th, 2015. This is the first time Pike Place Market will clean the wall since it was started 20 years ago by people waiting in line for a late night improv show.

Some facts after the cleaning was completed

  • The cleaning took an estimated 130 hours
  • The weight of the gum that was cleaned off the wall was 2,350 pounds or 1.175 tons
  • The gum filled 94 gallon buckets

Some Seattleites might welcome the cleaning project, but those folks will be chagrined to learn that once the wall is cleaned, everyone is more than welcome to start gumming the wall again.

What do you think about this tourist attraction. I think it’s a weird piece of art, but that is what makes art art. Below some photos from before and after the clean-up.

Gum Wall before cleaning

Gum Wall before cleaning

Gum Wall before cleaning

Gum Wall before cleaning

Gum Wall before cleaning

Gum Wall before cleaning

Gum Wall after cleaning

Gum Wall after cleaning

Gum Wall after cleaning

Gum Wall after cleaning

 

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