Gumshoes are on the case
July 15, 2013 7:32 PM Subscribe
Someone is cleaning up part of the Gum Wall,
a 100-foot (ish) stretch of Post Alley (between Pike St. and Union St.) beneath the Seattle's Pike Place Market. (wikipedia
Begun in 1993 around the entrance to the Market Theater, the city's most unhygienic visitor attraction is a brick alley covered on both sides, from toe to a considerable heights, with wads of chewed gum.
TripAdvisor listed it, in 2009, as the second "Germiest" Tourist Attraction on the planet
, with the Blarney Stone taking the blue ribbon. It's a marvel to behold,
(as well as smell) concrete evidence of an estimated hundreds of thousands of people who trod through an alley while chewing gum, a small percentage of the all the masses who passed through. The Theater cleaned it twice before realizing, in 1999, its bizarre status as an crowd-generated artwork made almost entirely from mandible labor. This may have been due to the existence of a sibling Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California.
Unfortunately, the beautiful, multicolored gum has lost its flavor for ...an unknown party, either the city or a property owner, as some 40 feet of wall was today powerwashed clean of the chewed chicle. The core of the wall/work remains, and the gum can continue until it encroaches significantly on free passage through the alley.