The Market Gum Wall In Seattle….Eeeeew!
The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle, in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. The Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. These beautiful women are some of our teachers at the Chic Photography Retreat in front of the gum wall.
The wall is by the box office for the Market Theater, and the tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions‘ Seattle Theatresports stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs.Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up after market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction around 1999. Some people create small works of art out of gum.
It was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009, second to the Blarney Stone. Germy or not…this was SO COOL! It is the location of the start of a ghost tour, and it is a popular site with wedding photographers. I can tell you if I lived here, you better believe I would be shooting some of my portrait photography here. Well, why many were just talking about the germs here…all I could see was beautiful art my friend. Scroll up and look at the first photo again…see how it made for a fun backdrop.
My favorite part was the gum “icicles” hanging down from the window sills.
Here is the address for any of you who would like to look it up the next time you go to Seattle…1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101. It’s located down the staircase from the Flying Fisherman/Pig statue. Walk down Post Alley and viola – the infamous gum wall!
Remember don’t forget your bubble gum and hand sanitizer…oh to be on the safe side a dose of zinc to ward of any viruses…smile.
Tip of the Day for Bloggers/Photographers:
Bloggers always want to know WHAT to Post?
Here is an idea that I use that works well…I have what I call the “Blog Bible.” It is a 5 x 7, 3 ring notebook with different labeled sections. One for quotes, poems, post ideas, blogs I love, bucket list, to be honest…it goes on forever☺ BUT I never let this leave the home! It is too precious to me to get lost or stolen. So with that said, I also carry a small little notepad in my purse for the ideas that I see and come to me when I am out and about. When I get home, I just tear the page out and tape it in my Blog Bible. So with that said…
Try keeping a notebook with you at all times for jotting down ideas or recording thoughts into the memo section of your smartphone when they pop into your head.
By having a place to store these lightbulb aha moments, you’ll be less likely to have the dreaded bloggers block!
I would love to hear you “TAKE” on the gum wall! Do you find it disgusting or can you see the beauty in it?
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