Gum Wall Gets Steamed!
The DynaSteam does many things, from killing weeds to cleanly stripping wallpaper to effortlessly melting the gunk off your grill grates. Reminiscent of the latter mode, a fascinating news article comes from Seattle this week involving an alley, a wall, tourists, and chewing gum that is up to twenty years old â€“ also art, depending on how you look at it.
The location: Pike Place Market â€œGum Wallâ€ (once the â€œworldâ€™s second-germiest tourist attractionâ€).
The tradition: Sticking your used gum (operative word: â€œusedâ€) onto the expansive, gooey, multicolored mural that has developed over two decades of quasi-Banksies visiting the scenic-if-not-sanitary attraction.
The solution: The Pike Placeâ€™s PDA (not what you think â€“ Preservation & Development Authority) contracting Cascadian Building Maintenance to pressure-wash the wall with an industrial steam machine. Thatâ€™s rightâ€¦
â€¦STEAM! 280-degree steam, to be exact â€“ 20 degrees short of where the DynaSteamâ€™s target zone begins. This drastic measure comes after years of less extreme, bimonthly cleanings in hopes to â€œwipe the canvas clean and keep it fresh,â€ â€œpreserve the historic buildings in the Market district,â€ and deter future gum-chewing visitors to perpetuate the trend.
In the photos and video linked to below you can see the CBM reps using Ghostbuster-esque, steam-wielding tools to defeat the long-congealing candies.