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.
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.
The wall was covered with chewing gums in a display of colors, some strained and pinched into messages, hearts, and other shapes.
It is predicted that around 1 million pieces of bubble gum would be removed.
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."
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.
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.