If you want to see the 400,000-pound ‘acid ball’ being moved, here’s where to go

The acid ball will be moved Wednesday morning.
The acid ball will be moved Wednesday morning. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A more than 400,000-pound artifact of the waterfront’s industrial past will leave for its new home starting Wednesday morning.

That’s when Oxbo Mega Transport Solutions crews will move what’s known as the “acid ball” 1,000 feet to Waypoint Park, where it will be turned into public art, the City of Bellingham said.

People can watch the effort from the now-open Central Pier next to the Granary building at 1208 Roeder Ave.

The move is expected to begin around 10 a.m. and take as little as two hours to complete, or as long as a day.

The acid ball, which is about 32 feet in diameter, is circa 1938. It is a remnant of the closed Georgia-Pacific pulp and paper mill on the waterfront. The round steel tank stored acid that helped break down wood chips at the mill.

After it’s move to the new park, the ball will be coated with luminescent glass beads to create a glowing beacon at night.

The concept creator was Mutuus Studio of Burien.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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