The iconic gum wall next to Pike Place Market, a disgustingly cool gum composition, is now history because apparently the sugar in the gum ate away at the bricks. For years happy tourists and locals alike added their chewed up gum to the wall, many of them taking pictures next to their proud addition to the iconic gum artwork.
But don’t be downcast, don’t cancel your travel plans to visit Seattle because officials tell us gum can be added again to the famous wall now that steam has cleaned off the 20 year accumulation. I think a plan is in order this time. Artists could copy famous paintings on the bricks, then the gum chewers could put their gum on the designated places in the wall that match the color they’re chewing. It could become a famous gum mosaic. A Van Gogh fan myself, I would like to see Starry, Starry Night reproduced in gum. It could be a whole new business for an enterprising shop in Pike Place to sell gum in the specific colors needed to complete the gum mosaic masterpieces. It could be a great ongoing fundraiser for many organizations including The Society for Brick Preservation. Okay, I just made that name up, I’m not aware of that society yet, but it might be out there somewhere. The newly formed School of Mosaic Gum Art could be in charge of making the outlines of the giant-sized interactive color book . Student assignments could include periodic policing of the artwork to move errant placed gum colors to their proper locations in the pictures.
The possibilities for making the new gum wall even more famous than before are endless. Maybe this is the perfect time to buy stock in a gum company. Or maybe, I should start a gum company making unique, artistic gum colors with a sugar substitute that doesn’t destroy the brick. I would call it Van Gogh Art Gum. I can see it now – beautiful gum mosaic masterpieces imitated all over the world. The demand for Van Gogh gum would skyrocket and fund my retirement.
Chew on gum lovers and artists, chew on.