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Artists sought for Whatcom Falls Park water treatment plant project

​The City of Bellingham is accepting applications from artists and artist teams to design, fabricate and install an artistic fence and possibly a new gate as part of an expansion to the water treatment plant near Whatcom Falls Park.
​The City of Bellingham is accepting applications from artists and artist teams to design, fabricate and install an artistic fence and possibly a new gate as part of an expansion to the water treatment plant near Whatcom Falls Park. The Bellingham Herald

​The City of Bellingham is seeking artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install an artistic fence and possibly a new gate as part of an expansion to the water treatment plant located at 1720 Silver Beach Road near Whatcom Falls Park.

The project is funded through the City’s One Percent for the Arts program, which dedicates 1 percent of large capital project budgets for the incorporation of artwork. The design, fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and other project costs are budgeted for $170,000.

The primary goal of the project is to create an area of interest between the water treatment plant and the adjacent public trail by enhancing the aesthetics of the fence and possibly the gate.

The City’s Arts Commission is interested in pieces that reflect the natural setting of the area. Other considerations should be that the art fits with the context of the site and considers existing architectural elements of the current and new building and trail system.

Applications are due at 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Details: cob.org/services/arts/Pages/public-art-opportunites.aspx.

Direct questions to Shannon Taysi at the Planning and Community Development, 360-778-8360, staysi@cob.org.

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