The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum under Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. It is located on Post Alley near Pike Street, south of the market's main entrance off 1st Avenue. Parts of the gum coating alongside the walls are several inches thick, and the coating is 15 feet (4.6 m) high along a 50-foot-long (15 m) section. The Market Theater Gum Wall has become a tourist attraction and local landmark since it was unintentionally created in the 1990s.
The wall is located in Post Alley adjacent to the box office for the Market Theater, a venue for comedy shows and other small performances. After it became the host of Unexpected Productions' Theatresports in 1991, the theater's walls were covered by patrons' pieces of used gum that had pennies pushed into them. The coins were later removed, but the gum remained amid several cleanings of the walls under orders from the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. The market's officials reversed course and allowed the gum wall to stay, deeming it to a tourist attraction around 1999.
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Marina Kiel | Jun 6, 2018
Iconic. Gross? A little. Unique? You betcha! The city can scrape it off as much as they want, but locals and tourists alike will always replenish the walls with this sticky mural. I come back every once and a while to check on it and see if it has changed, and it does! Sure, there is gum on the walls, but the way some people put it there make it a sight to see. You're literally sticking it to the man. Go do it, or at least, see it!
Ariel Jensen | May 18, 2018
Hard to find, but impossible to forget. As you walk into the alley, it’s kind of like a Disney experience because it smells strongly of bubble gum! Both walls are covered. I think they come scrape the gum off every few years because there didn’t seem to be as much gum as I’d seen in pictures. Fun to visit, but only gives an experience that is entertaining for a few minutes. Worth stopping by if you are checking out Pikes market.
Taran Deep | Apr 29, 2018
A really cool and unique place covered with more than thousands of chewing gums. There are also some names written with the gum all over the walls. It's a great place to get pictures (even at night). A must visit spot to get a new experience. P.S.- Get ready to meet some drunkards down there. :P
Julianne Osborn | Apr 22, 2018
I expected a small section of wall covered in gum. What you see is almost a whole alley covered in gum, some dripping off the walls, some spelled into initials or full words. To be honest it was way grosser than I could have ever imagined a wall covered in gum to be. But it was a unique experience and a Seattle must-see. While you're at Pike Place Market definitely check out the Pink Door restaurant for great Italian food.
Constantine Johns | Apr 9, 2018
Such a fun unique cool little tourist attraction in the back alleys of Seattle right by Pikes Place Market. It simply continues to grow with more and more gum. Fun place to check out while you are in town. Be sure to bring your gum to add to the wall!
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