On Saturday, a flash mob to "re-gum" the newly cleaned gum wall at Pike Place Market turned into yet another show of support for Paris in the wake Friday's deadly attacks.

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On Saturday, a flash mob to “re-gum” the newly cleaned gum wall at Pike Place Market turned into yet another show of support for Paris in the wake Friday’s deadly attacks.

“We thought if we were doing something sort of silly and meaningless down here, that we had an opportunity to give it some meaning,” said Egan Orion, producer of the flash mob group Mob the World.

The flash mob, which began as about a twelve participants and attracted the attention and contribution of dozens of passers-by, created a peace sign with the Eiffel Tower out of gum on the east wall of the alley across from the Market Theater.

The image on which the gum art is based has circulated widely on social media as a show of support and solidarity with France after the attacks on Friday night.

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Work began today to clean the gum wall in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley for the first time in 20 years. Workers are using steam cleaners with 260-degree water and the process will take most of the week. (Lauren Frohne / The Seattle Times)