Seattle sits on a narrow strip of land between Lake Washington’s fresh waters and Puget Sound’s salty waters. It’s also fortunate to be flanked to the east by the Cascade Mountains and to the west by the Olympic Mountains. The natural beauty there astounds me.
Even so, coffee, rain, and Grunge music typically come to mind whenever someone mentions Seattle.
And it’s true that those things represent the city along with the Space Needle that has become an icon of Seattle.
The quirky ornamentation that decorates many of Seattle’s buildings amuses me.
Seattle’s contrasts intrigue me. From fine art exhibits to street art displays.
For me, the artistic expressions that dot the city landscape capture my attention. Seattle’s streets compel me to walk so that I can enjoy all the entertainment they provide.
A walk through Seattle is a treasure hunt. I never know what I may find as I round each corner. This time I ventured down a small alley under Pike Place Market. What I found was one of the top 5 germiest odd attractions in the world. It is rumored that the Blarney Stone is the world’s germiest attraction.
The Seattle Gum Wall
The gum wall apparently came about when theater goers became frustrated waiting in line for tickets at the Market Theater. They began sticking their gum to the walls of the alley. Theater workers tried several times to clean up the alley and ultimately gave up. The gum wall covers an area about 15 feet high and 50 feet long with several inches deep of chewed gum.
The Ticket Window
I love the way imagination motivates people to explore all kinds of artistic expressions.