Down an unassuming side street by Seattle's famed Pike Place Market is a hidden work of art dubbed the Gum Wall or the Wall of Gum. The unassuming and unexpected display is an excellent representation of Seattle's unique charm and character.
Started in the 1990s by local patrons on line at a movie theater who stuck their used gum on the wall, the Gum Wall has since grown piece by piece to cover an enormous expanse of brick wall. The resulting colors and overall imagery are fascinating.
The stench of decaying and aged chewing gum can be a bit offensive, but the Gum Wall is still an intriguing sight. Some consider the wall to be a monstrosity or a glorification of littering, but to most the Gum Wall stands as a beautiful work of collective art.