Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Bubblegum Allee in San Luis Obispo

Submitted by Allee Willis November 21st, 2011
Certifikitsch Winner

As soon as I read about this alley in downtown San Luis Obispo I knew I had to hit it. Even with the possibility  of it being underwhelming and gross, an assemblage of decades of wadded-up gum had to be paid homage to by any self-respecting aKitschionado. I’m elated to report that Bubblegum Alley is 15 x 70 solid feet of sheer chewed brilliance!

I love that so many people would participate,…

… some of whom are more eager to be identified than others.

I love that so much ephemera accompanies the saliva sculpture.

Though at quick glance from a distance it could be mistaken for a condom wall.

Just a few blocks away there’s another tableau that looks like like it might have been influenced by the great wall of gum.

Though dexterious, these are thespians balanced on a play rather than wads of gum.

And here’s another textural experience in the neighborhood, a paper plate Christmas tree..

After such a massive consumption of kitsch I always get hungry. Though I could do without the pub part I tend to look for places with names like this…

…or murals like this:

Though it doesn’t seem like Ben Franklin should be be flying any kites near bubblegum walls as one gust of wind and there goes the discovery of electricity. Way too good of a chance of the kite getting stuck on a wad of Bubblicious.

2 Responses to “Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Bubblegum Allee in San Luis Obispo”

  1. Lisa Rios

    The Frog and Peach is an old joke from Peter Cook & Dudley Moore. I remember seeing them on SNL when I was a kid doing that sketch. The joke being, the pub served either a frog w/a peach in it’s mouth, or, even worse, a peach sliced open w/tadpoles swimming inside. Needless to say, there wasn’t much business. In fact, no business.

    So, it’s quite funny that someone would be brave enough to name their pub that!