Castle-like Old G.P. mill on the waterfront.Until 2001 from 1963- pumping out toilet paper and toxic sludge into the sound. The Chlor-Alkali facility responsible for over 350,000 cubic yards of mercury contamination in the waterway and uplands. It was sold from G.P. to the Port of Bellingham for $10.00- 37 acres of waterfront in the heart of the city. sounds great, right...it will cost over 34 million buckeroonies to clean up the sludge and another 20 million to develop a marina, or park, or whatever they have in mind.
I went there yesterday to take a few shots because demolition of the rest of the buildings was underway. It's kind of cool to walk around and take shots, not getting too close - do not trespass and all...
This globe is enormous! rusted so deliciously, I would love to have this amazing pod!
Love the colours bright blue on brick red.
Last remaining structures on the grounds. Kind of awesome really, though I have always disliked G.P. and it's poison. I lived above the mill in the early 80's and would wake in the middle of the night when they burned their "hog fuel" - nauseous, head achy, and dizzy. Pretty terrible! All of Bellingham smelled gross- like a spoiled ham and tuna , rotten socks and cigars.
Where the arrow is pointing is the blue milk building in which My studio is housed. We get a fair view of the taking apart of the horror that has been the mill.
This is a photo of the mill in 2001, just as it was closing down.
So Bellingham is cleaning up and being as green as it can be on a budget- The politics here are great! recycling, on the path to democracy (what a concept) and organic!
below -400 porcelain toilets re-purposed from a green retrofit of a high rise, mixed with concrete to make a dandy sidewalk.
bikes - common transport
AND the best progressive thing to have happened lately is that Gay marriage is legal in the state of Washington! YAY! GAY!
Below is a photo I swiped from the link "this place".
His photos are the last four I also swiped.
A very cool dude with his partner own one of the best places to go in the Ham- the gay bar, where, if you want to just enjoy a Pilsner, you are left alone.
In the past I went there because men were not interested in me nor were women ( except that one time)...Clearly not on any one's gaydar, me, but i am pleased about marriage for all.