Chewy no more: Seattle’s famous Gum Wall gets cleaned

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Seattle’s famous Gum Wall at Pike Place Market is set to go. Tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum on the walls for the past 20 years. But authorities have decided to clean the wall. (AP)

Seattle’s famous Gum Wall at Pike Place Market is set to go. Tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum on the walls for the past 20 years. But authorities have decided to clean the wall. (AP)

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The tradition of sticking used chewing gum began back in 1993 when members of a theatre group stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs. (AP)

The tradition of sticking used chewing gum began back in 1993 when members of a theatre group stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs. (AP)

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The wall is covered with a layer of gum which is several inches thick. Though the authorities are cleaning the wall, officials expect the gum-sticking tradition to return soon. (AP)

The wall is covered with a layer of gum which is several inches thick. Though the authorities are cleaning the wall, officials expect the gum-sticking tradition to return soon. (AP)

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The gum was scrapped twice before but the tradition prevailed, making it a tourist spot. It is named among the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009. (AFP)

The gum was scrapped twice before but the tradition prevailed, making it a tourist spot. It is named among the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009. (AFP)

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The place is popular with wedding photographers. Interesting, a scene for Jennifer Aniston film Love Happens was shot at the wall in 2008. (AFP)

The place is popular with wedding photographers. Interesting, a scene for Jennifer Aniston film Love Happens was shot at the wall in 2008. (AFP)

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