|Before and After|
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Pike Place Market, Post Alley's "Gum Wall" in Seattle, WA
One of Seattle's more bizarre and truly gross tourist attractions was 'founded' in the early 1990's by patrons waiting in line in Post Alley (Pike Place Market) to see theatresports which usually starts at 10:30 p.m. weekends. Some patrons started sticking their depleted chewing gum on the brick wall, possibly in imitation of Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California. Wishing to be good citizens, the theatre gamely attempted to remove the gum several times, but once the Pike Place Market realized the wall was becoming a tourist attraction (almost an unhygienic as the Blarney Stone), the gum stayed. I never saw anybody actually touch the wall, though one lad posed dramatically for his girlfriend. People only touched the piece of gum they were sacrificially contributing to this constantly evolving work of wall art.