Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A Wall of Chewing Gum Moonlights as Collective Art

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Down an unassuming alleyway next to Seattle's famed Pike Place Market is a hidden work of art dubbed the Gum Wall or the Wall of Gum. The unexpected and colorful display is an excellent representation of Seattle's unique charm and character.

Started in the 1990s when local patrons in line for an improv show at Post Alley's Market Theater stuck their used gum on the wall, the Gum Wall has grown piece by piece to cover an enormous expanse of brick wall and continues to expand down the alleyway. 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.

  • Hours
    24-7
  • Website
  • Address
    1428 Post Alley, Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States
  • Cost
    Free
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Head down a ramp to the left of the main entrance (marked by a large neon "Public Market" sign) to Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Follow the alley left. The gum wall will appear to your left.
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