In Seattle, thousands of tourists visit wall covered with chewing gum daily
The market above Pike Place in Seattle attracts thousands of tourists every day who walk down the steps under the market and discover an alley whose walls are covered by chewing gum. The tradition began in the 90s, when the authorities were puzzled by how they could remove the gum which was stuck everywhere, and decided to create an alley way which would serve as a tourist attraction instead.
That is how the history of the Gum Wall began. Tourists and visitors can stick their own gum on the wall after chewing it, and leave their messages. The place has become an attraction, although the smell has not.
A tourist from San Diego. said “you know, the smell is indescribable actually. Coming down this alley gives you a big whiff of something interesting. You definitely smell the gum but you smell the age of the gum ironically, so, it’s interesting.”
This alley has been. cleaned many times, with the last time being just before it became a tourist attraction when more than 1000 kilos of chewing gum were removed. Today, thousands visit this place, especially young people who have found a new way to leave their mark on the wall.