The Market Theater Gum Wall is, much like it sounds, a wall covered almost entirely in chewed pieces of gum.
Although a bit tricky for some to find once you see it you can not miss it. The wall is located in Post Alley, underneath the iconic Pike Place Market. As strange as this may sound this unique landmark has become popular for tourists and street art enthusiasts alike.
The Gum Wall is nothing if not impressive with many places in the wall covered with layers of gum several inches thick and some parts being covered as high as 15 feet! The tradition originally started in the early 1990s when visitors to the Unexpected Productions' Seattle Theatersports stuck pieces of chewed gum and coins to the wall. At first theater workers attempted to scrape this off the wall, however as the gum kept piling up they just decided to let it stay. Today, small works of art and messages can be found all over the wall and many consider it a beautiful place. In fact, the landmark has become so well-known that it is a popular location for many wedding photographers.
The Gum Wall is a must-see when visiting downtown Seattle. It was even named one of the top 5 germiest attractions in 2009 along with the more well-known Blarney Stone. When heading to the Pike Place Market be sure to take a look downstairs first at this very inventive piece of local street art. It can even be a way to leave a part of yourself behind in Seattle, all that is needed is a piece of gum!