Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Market Theater Gum Wall


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This is the box office window and entrance to the Market Theater. You are not going to believe the "ew" factor of this tradition that has become a living art installation sought out by photographers the city over. The Market Theater in Post Alley at Pike Place Public Market has given up cleaning the gum it's patrons began sticking to the alley's brick wall while they were waiting in line. It's a habit that has stuck. Originally coins were pressed into the colorful gum blobs. Some people still affix a penny, but those quickly disappear. After two complete removals and cleanings, they realized the futility of trying to keep the gum off. It is now become a de facto public art installation, and a participatory one that grows daily. For a view of the full wall, click here and for a another detail click here for shots on my More Seattle Stuff page.

16 comments:

Olivier said...

tres impressionnant et tres original ce mur. photo amusante


very impressive and very original this wall. amusing photograph

Lisi said...

it's interesting to look at thru' your photo but I believe it's quite yucky in fact...sorry ;p

Geologychick said...

ewwwww.... but very cool! Gotta love Seattle!

Kris said...

i shall pretend they are really cool, they do! Nice find, Kim :)

Dsole said...

Wow... I don't know what to say...Just don't relay on the wall ;)

John Taylor said...

Hi Kim and thanks for the comment.

I really enjoying seeing your work and I just wanted anyone who stops by my site to have the opportunity to enjoy your site, as well.
Great shots of the Market Theater! I hope to see it in person one day.
Thanks, again,
John

Brooke said...

What a creative approach to graffiti! :)

Rodney said...

Nice shot! Great texture.

Meg in Nelson said...

GGGRRRRRMMMMMSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Chris & Deb said...

All I can think to say is hmmmm.
I do like the novelty of it though!

Kim said...

Thanks very much for leaving your kind comments about this photo!
-Kim

Frederik De Wachter said...

this is amazing. disgusting but amazing!

Nathalie said...

Kim you take such interesting pictures!
This photo is so good I was almost ready to be convinced of the artsy nature of the wall... until I saw both your detail and full view shots. Then I realised it was your photo that was artsy, not the wall. Well done!

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Krocky said...

If you go take a photo of your gum.
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cool new site.