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What would you do with the 'acid ball' on Bellingham's waterfront?

Video: Demolition at former G-P site on Bellingham waterfront continues

Watch the latest time-lapse video on the demolition of the former Georgia-Pacific West Inc. plant on Bellingham's waterfront, including the toppling of green chipper bins that sit above the massive digester tanks. Six of the tanks are being saved.
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Watch the latest time-lapse video on the demolition of the former Georgia-Pacific West Inc. plant on Bellingham's waterfront, including the toppling of green chipper bins that sit above the massive digester tanks. Six of the tanks are being saved.

The City of Bellingham Arts Commission is seeking individuals or teams to design, develop and install artistic enhancements to an industrial artifact known as the “acid ball.”

Ideas could include a new texture or color, decorative lighting, water features, interesting embellishments, or other features that will create a visible and interactive attraction for the new Waterfront District being developed on the site of a former Georgia-pacific pulp and tissue mill.

The spherical metal acid collector is tucked behind the six remaining digester tanks on the property. The metal tanks were used to turn wood chips into pulp, using acid and steam at the G-P mill that produced toilet paper.

The city’s Arts Commission is interested in proposals that​ build upon the existing shape and details of the acid ball, embody the transition between the old and the new, and draw people into the area. The city is looking for someone with experience with public artwork or other large-scale projects and who can finish the project within the available time and budget.

Bellingham has committed to cleaning and moving the piece, leaving the city’s One Percent for the Arts program budget of $130,000 to fund enhancements.

The finished sculpture will be installed at the new Whatcom Waterway Park, which is scheduled to open in 2017 in coordination with the revitalized Granary Building and new roads accessing the property.

Submissions should be received no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 3 to be considered for the project.

An optional site visit will be held Aug. 23.

Details: cob.org/services; search public art opportunities.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

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