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The Gum Wall

The Gum Wall

This is the most unusual attraction in all of Washington state. The unexpected and colorful display is an excellent representation of Seattle’s unique charm and character. It started in 1993 when local patrons in line for an improv show at Post Alley’s Market Theater stuck their used gum on the wall. Even though cleaning crews would remove the gum and clean the wall, patrons of the theater continued to put their used gum on the wall. Finally, putting gum on the wall became such a tradition that no one tried to remove it. The Gum Wall has grown piece by piece over the years and it now covers an enormous expanse of brick wall and continues to expand down the alleyway. The resulting colors and overall imagery are fascinating. This wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art. And, you can add your own gum to the display.

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