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Seattle’s Famous Gum Wall Gets Cleaned Up After 20 Years

Updated on 9 July, 2016 at 12:00 pm By

The famous gum wall at Pike Place market’s Post Alley in Seattle, Washington, has officially been steamed off!


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People have been sticking their used chewing gum to the wall for twenty years. Some of the gum pieces have been molded into messages, hearts and other shapes.

 



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These incredible pictures show the wall covered entirely in bubble gum.

Authorities decided to clean up the wall as high content of sugar started eroding it.

Perhaps a million pieces of gum have accumulated since the practice started in the 1990s.

Officials used 280-degree steam to melt the gum. Officials reportedly collected nearly 1,000kg of gum.

People began putting their used gum on the wall while they waited for their shows at the nearby Market Theater nearly two decades ago.

 

The tradition spread beyond the wall and on to nearby pipes, and even the theatre’s box office window.

Market officials expect people to immediately start building a new gum wall, but it will be a long time before it looks like the old one.


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A spokeswoman for the market, Emily Crawford, said she expected people would resume the practice the moment the wall was once again blank.

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