Bubblegum Alley

Bubblegum Alley


San Luis Obispo is a cool, classy little city except for two things : the famous, pink obsessed, kitschy, but very fun Madonna Inn with its weirdly decorated, over-the-top theme rooms (including the men’s room infamous waterfall urinal) and Bubblegum Alley in downtown San Luis Obispo. Located at 733 Higuera in an alley behind Downtown Brew, Gum Alley could be called a people’s art treasure or a gross, public eyesore. Between two buildings, the walls lining a very narrow walkway are covered in gum wads, thousands of hardened, chewed gum pieces, cemented to the brick walls over many years almost completely covering the surfaces, as high as the “artists” could reach. Pennies and wrappers and stones have been added to the milieu.

Rumor has it that the gooey but colorful tradition was started in the 1940’s or 1950’s by local high school and college students. It has been continued today by those walking in the footsteps of the brave bubblegum warriors who left their mark on this unique hall of fame. Or is that shame? You be the judge.




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