Bubble Gum Alley

July 13th, 2011 by Lucie

There’s this big debate on DeviantArt about whether Bubble Gum Alley is a work of art of not…  Hummmm…  I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Bubble Gum Alley, briefly it’s the wall of a building in Seattle that is covered by chewed gum that people have stuck on the wall over many many years, a little bit like some people would leave a small grafitti on a washroom door that says:  “Joe Schmuck was here in 1993” and then others would start leaving their mark on that door the same way just for the kick of it and that door would end up covered with those little marks and despite the establishment owner’s best efforts to clean that mess, people would just keep adding their signature on it.  On this wall though it’s not a little note people leave, they leave a piece of chewed bubble gum filled with their germs and the wall is covered with different colors/flavors of those spit filled little treasures.

People have often called me an artist and even though I’ve never really believed I was one, I used to think it was flattering.  In my mind, it meant something for some reason…  When I see something like this being called a piece of art, I can’t help but feel like art is being ridiculed, I almost find it sad and when someone calls me an artist now I got to wonder if they’re poking fun at me or what?  lol  If this wall is considered a work of art, then anyone can just make a mess, call it art and I’m sure if they have a way with words and they wouldn’t even need to be that good with words, they’d manage to convince the world that it’s a brilliant work of art created by a genius.  I mean come on!  A work of art has to be created intentionally, some thought has to be given to colors, composition, light, shadows, shapes, atmosphere, it has to be done with the intention of provoking an emotion, a reaction etc…  Ok, granted, this wall provokes reactions and emotions, it’s pretty disgusting when you think about it…  A squished bug on the windshield of a car is kinda disgusting too…

Please, if you believe this wall is a work of art, don’t consider me an artist…  😉

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  2. Lucie

    I purchased it a long time ago and edited a lot of it. If I remember correctly, its name was Mocca and I got it from rustynet.de but I’m really not 100% sure.

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