Seattle’s Popular Bubble Gum Wall Got Finally Cleaned Up After 20 Years

Seattle’s Popular Bubble Gum Wall Got Finally Cleaned Up After 20 Years
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A gum-covered wall in the US city of Seattle Is finally getting cleaned up after two decades. The wall is used by visitors and localities to stick their used chewing gums for the past 20 years.

In Post Alley under the Pike Place Market, there is a 15-foot-high, 50-foot-long wall behind the Market Theatre and is entirely coated with several layers of bubble gum. During this week, the steam-cleaning process was conducted to remove the gums.

 

 

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Jessica Wang (left) and Michael Teylan, both from Los Angeles, created a "bubble gum kiss" on their visit to Seattle's famous gum wall.

Jessica Wang (left) and Michael Teylan, both from Los Angeles, created a "bubble gum kiss" on their visit to Seattle's famous gum wall.
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According to Market officials, the custom of sticking gums on the wall will be followed by the tourists even if the wall gets cleaned up.

Jessica and Michael clicked a selfie.

Jessica and Michael clicked a selfie.
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The wall was covered with chewing gums in a display of colors, some strained and pinched into messages, hearts, and other shapes.

USA flag created using pieces of gums.

USA flag created using pieces of gums.
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It is predicted that around 1 million pieces of bubble gum would be removed.

The cost of whole project is estimated around $4,000.

The cost of whole project is estimated around $4,000.
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According to the Pike Place Market spokeswoman Kelly Crawford,' "Around 2,200 pounds of gum were stuck to the wall. Officials will soon weigh all the gums they have gathered in order to determine an accurate quantity."

The custom of sticking chewing gums to the wall officially began in 1993.

The custom of sticking chewing gums to the wall officially began in 1993.
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Moviegoers started placing the coins covered with gums on the wall. Theatre management failed to take any action due to which the wall became damn messy.

Powerful steam cleaners were used to melt the gums from the wall.

Powerful steam cleaners were used to melt the gums from the wall.
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The bricks in the wall might get eroded due to the layers of sugar sticking to them. That's why the conservators opted for steam cleaning rather than pressure washing.