According to SEATTLE PI:
For the first time in 20 years, Pike Place Market's famous gum wall is getting a scrub down.
According to a news release from Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority, the beloved attraction in Post Alley will be steam cleaned starting Nov. 10. The gum wall has grown to 8-feet high and more than 54-feet wide, with approximately 150 pieces of gum per brick.
The cleaning is needed because the sugar in the gum is starting to erode the surface of the bricks. By some accounts, an estimated 1 million gum wads cover the wall.
Seattle's "Gum Wall" has become a popular attraction, visited by millions from around the world. For those who fear that the cleaning might mean the end of the wall, the public has been assured that people will be allowed to once again cover the wall after it has be cleaned. In fact, this is the third time in the wall's history that the gum as been removed.
The Pike Place Market Facebook page posts the Gum Wall saying, "I have to admit, after 20 years, I'm feeling a little icky, sticky and in desperate need of a good scrubbing to make me sparkle again."
Some people find certain sins exciting, colorful, and even something to celebrate. But give it time and eventually our sins will begin to “erode the bricks.” Sin takes us further than we really want to go, and although the damage it does is not always readily apparent, there comes a time when we have no choice but to address it.
Are you feeling “a little icky, sticky and in desperate need of a good scrubbing”?
Here’s God's promise to you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
God promises to steam clean your sin away. He promises to put a halt to the deterioration caused by your sin; He promises “to make you sparkle again!”
But just like Pike Place Market's famous "Gum Wall," your sins will immediately begin to accumulate again even after being cleaned. Sin is like that. The moment we confess and turn from our current struggles, new ones arise. It was estimated that over a million wads of gum had been allowed to accumulate on the famous Gum Wall before it was finally washed. Don't let that happen to you! Since we sin daily, to "sparkle again" we must repent daily.
"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent" (Revelation 3:19).