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Gum Wall Eschews its Excess

Friday, November 15, 2013

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Seattle’s—or maybe America’s—foulest tourist attraction has finally gotten a bath.

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Creative Commons Flickr / John Henderson

The Pike Place Market Theater gum wall apparently became too nasty even for the locals, as KIRO-TV showed footage of the notorious wall being scraped and pressure-washed by a brave maintenance crew in July.

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Creative Commons Flickr / Benjamin Vander Steen

The wall has grown since the 1990s from an inexplicable tradition of theater patrons sticking gum and coins to the wall by the theater box office.

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Creative Commons Flickr / Darron Fick

It is not clear who ordered the cleanup, which—not to worry—still leaves a vast expanse of dessicated and fossilized goo.

We're just glad they did.

   

Tagged categories: Brick; Commercial Buildings; Graffiti removal; Maintenance programs; Power washing

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