It all started in the early 90s (1993) in Post Alley, under Pike Place Market (Seattle) when people would stick their chewing gum on the wall while having to wait in line to get their theater tickets….
Initially Seattleites would stick small coins to the wall, but in time, this tradition disappeared. The gum remained, and in 1999 (despite having being cleaned several times) the Gum Wall become a certified tourist attraction, coming in second place in world’s germiest tourist destinations after Ireland’s Blarney Stone who everyone kisses (2009 ranking by Trip Advisor).
Similar to Bubblegum Alley in California, the Gum Wall is a brick wall now covered in used chewing gum. The wall is covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet. But the wall is not only about gums, it’s also abut gum-art!