Friday, February 1, 2013

Poll: The Webster Groves Gum Wall: Vandalism or Art?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge The Webster Groves Gum Wall. [Click pic to see in vivid-er glory.] - TOM FINKEL
  • Tom Finkel
  • The Webster Groves Gum Wall. [Click pic to see in vivid-er glory.]

Food-related curiosities don't faze Gut Check as a rule. Brain sandwich? Bring it on! But one thing that does gross us out the door is when we accidentally touch a wad of chewed gum some knuckle-dragger has deposited on the underside of a piece of furniture. Vile-O-Rama!

And then there's the Webster Groves Gum Wall.

Never heard of the Webster Groves Gum Wall? Neither had Gut Check, until a certain eleven-year-old graduate of Bristol Elementary tipped it to us.

The tipping went something like this:

Gut Check: [pointing across Lockwood Avenue at narrow passageway between between the former Webster Records location and Lockwood Chiropractic] What's on that brick wall over there? Some sort of weird graffiti?

Eleven-year-old: [scornfully; adults are clueless] It's not graffiti. It's gum. You don't know about the Gum Wall?!

We did not. But we do now, and we're here to tell you it's a sight to behold.

What's a "Gum Wall"? It's exactly what it sounds like: the entire exterior side of a brick building, covered with chewed gum.

We asked Lynelle Hinden, owner of Lockwood Chiropractic, for her take on the Gum Wall. Says she: "I personally haven't gotten used to it. I always notice it, and I think it's gross. Vandalism is vandalism."

Or is it art?

Additional reporting by Brent Peterson.

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