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Seattle Gum Wall Cleaned for The First Time in 20 Years

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SEATTLE, WA - Pike Place Market's Post Alley gum wall was barren for the first time Friday.

The market released a timelapse of the 130 hours it took workers to remove the gum.

Officials say the gum collected filled 94 gallon buckets and weighed nearly 2,350 pounds or 1.75 tons.

All the gum will be thrown away.

Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority says they removed the gum to preserve the historic buildings in the district.

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SEATTLE (AP) - A piece of Seattle history is coming down - or rather, 1 million little pieces.
    
Crews are cleaning up the city's famed "gum wall" near Pike Place Market, where tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum for 20 years.
    
The wall is plastered with wads of gum in a kaleidoscope of colors, some stretched and pinched into messages, hearts and other designs. People also have used the gooey pieces to paste up pictures and other mementos.
    
On Tuesday, powerful steam cleaners were melting it all off.
    
The market hired a contractor to use steam because pressure washing would damage the historic building.
    
Market officials decided now was as good a time as any for the cleanup, but they expect people will start leaving gum on the space again soon.

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SEATTLE, WA -- Big changes are coming for the famous Gum Wall in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

For the first time in 20 years, the market plans to clean all the gum off the wall. Pike Place Market says a total scrub down is needed because of the sugar in the gum.

Market Theater's walls in Post Alley will be steam cleaned starting Nov. 10. The cleaning is expected to take multiple days due to the volume of gum on the walls.

Once the wall is clean, people will be allowed to put gum back up again.

The Gum Wall has grown to eight feet high and over 54 feet wide, with approximately 150 piece of gum per brick.

According to Pike Place, an estimated one million gum wads cover the wall.

The Gum Wall is located in Post Alley, under the market. It was started 20 years ago by people waiting in line for a late night improv show.

Before the clean-up begins, Pike Place is holding a contest for Gum Wall photos. You can find more information here.

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