City seeks proposals for waterfront art project

Park to include artistic embellishments of industrial artifact

August 08, 2016 - by Darby Cowles, Planning and Community Development

The City of Bellingham Arts Commission is seeking creative individuals or teams to design, develop and install artistic enhancements to the 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 highly-visible and interactive attraction for the new Waterfront District.

The City’s Arts Commission is interested in proposals that​ build upon the existing shape and details of the piece, embody the transition between the old and the new, and draw people into the area. The successful applicant will have experience with public artwork or other large-scale projects and be able to carry out the project within the available time and budget.

The City has committed to cleaning and moving the piece, leaving the City’s One Percent for the Arts budget of $130,000 to fund enhancements. Upon completion, the artifact will be located 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.

The City is requesting submittals be received no later than October 3, 2016 at 5 p.m. to be considered for this project.  An optional site visit will be held August 23, 2016.

For the complete Call for Proposals and submittal requirements visit

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Darby Cowles
Planning and Community Development Department

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