Colorful, is it not? So a portion of my past escapade led me to this wonderful sight in beautiful Seattle, Washington. In the bottom alleyway of Pike Place Market is a comedy club that has a well scented and abstract exterior composed of chewing gum. Yup, tons and tons of chewed up pieces of gum!
From what I’ve read and have been able to find out online, in the early 90’s, while people waited in line, they would stick gum to the wall and a coin along with it. The gum accumulated and was soon removed by the people of the club. After it was clear, the gum wall yet again started coming to life. Again, the club removed and cleaned off the gum. This didn’t stop people in line, as for a third time the wall began its gum growth. The club stopped cleaning, and the wall was eventually deemed a Seattle tourist attraction in 1999. This attraction has also been called at one time, the Second Germiest Attraction in the World!
It’s kind of hard to tell in the picture, but this thick gum layered brick wall isn’t completely abstract. Here and there are small pieces of art created by some generous chewers. One of my favorite ones was a large phrase in pink gum reading, “Stuck on you.” I found that clever and catchy. Another work of art was a collage of gum making up the city of Seattle with the Space Needle being emphasized. Some of the lesser art contributions were hearts, patterns, targets, initials and symbols.
Random fact… The Seattle Gum Wall is a popular place for wedding pictures! As I was chewing up my Big League Chew pack of gum, a wedding Random fact… The Seattle Gum Wall is a popular place for wedding pictures! As I was chewing up my Big League Chew pack of gum, a wedding party arrived to take pictures. The photographer worked the wedding party, having them pose and arrange around the bubble gum alley. After the party left, I completed my work of art and then headed back out to explore the city. During my post alleyway adventure I met some locals who informed me that the wedding pictures at the gum wall tends to be a common occurrence. Who would have known?
For anybody in or around the Seattle area, I highly recommend taking some time to check out this area of Seattle. The Pike Place Market itself is worth spending time at and visiting. Eat some fish, check out what the market has to offer, stop at the original Starbucks (you Starbucks fiends you) and of course add your piece of gum to the ever-growing wall!
Before I finish this post, I wanted to leave a shout out to the two fun and beautiful women from Missouri who I met at the gum wall! I hope your time in Seattle was well spent! Also, shout out to the people who I met through Pegasus Coffee at the Seattle Tower! Thank you for the great conversations, help and of course coffee. :)
(I had to have a little fun and leave my contribution!)