Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Match-ups we want to see: NA's Bored of Public Works vs. the Seattle Gum Wall.

Photo credit: Oddity Central

My wife lived almost ten years in Seattle, and I can't believe she kept this factoid from me until just the other day.

The Seattle Gum Wall – A Sticky Attraction (Oddity Central)
One of the most offbeat attractions in the United States, the Seattle Gum Wall is also one of the most germ infected tourist spot in the world.

Located in Post Alley, under Park Place Market, the Gum Wall has its beginning in the early 1990s, when people, irritated that they had to wait in line to get tickets to the theater, stuck chewing gum on the wall. At first, they would use the gum to stick small coins to the wall, but in time, the tradition of the coins disappeared, and the gum remained.

Recently there was an intervention at the Gum Wall.

Seattle gum wall gets scraped, washed, by Vanessa Ho (Seattlepi)

Is it possible to rein in Seattle’s grossest, unplanned tourist attraction? Maybe.

KIRO 7 recently posted video of Seattle’s infamous gum wall getting pressure-washed, with rubbery wads sliding off the wall and onto the ground at Post Alley in Pike Place Market.

Why? Because the gum wall had gotten too large, spreading 40 feet past where it’s “supposed” to stop near the Market Theater box office ...

Just think of the liability ...

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