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The Bellingham Herald reports a 400,000-pound 'acid ball' is moving to its new home on the Bellingham waterfront. The artifact is a remnant of an old pulp and paper mill and will eventually turn into a piece of public art.

KNKX visited the 'acid ball' in 2016. What follows is our original story, published on Dec. 5, 2016. 

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In this social media age, sharing your innermost feelings online is expected.  But, Seattle artist Xavier Lopez decided to encourage something different for his exhibit "Message in a Bottle." He asked people to write their thoughts down on paper and tuck them into a bottle.

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In Bellingham, a giant work of art will link the city’s industrial past with the future of its waterfront, a place where pulp and paper mills once operated 24 hours a day. The artwork is referred to simply as "The Acid Ball."

John Grade

A storefront in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has been the site of an ever-evolving sculpture, of a tree turned on its side. About a year ago, the site became a hub for a new kind of collaboration with one of the city’s most productive public artists.

Sculptor John Grade and his supporters at the Mad Art Gallery invited hundreds of people in, to help assemble Middle Fork. It’s now a 40-foot long model of a Western Hemlock, suspended inside a large gallery space that’s just down the block from a Tesla Motors showroom and across from the Seattle offices of Microsoft.

Courtesy Pacific Science Center

It looks a bit like something you might find in a book by Dr. Seuss: five huge sculpted sunflowers with striped green and orange stems.

The new installation outside Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is meant to draw in and educate the public about solar power.