Salem, Oregon: Eco Earth, Globe of Acid

A formerly ugly, spherical, three-story-tall acid tank was colorfully tiled into an artistic, acid-free-zone planet Earth in 2003. Unfortunately, the tiles have begun to fall off.
Address:
200 Water St. NE, Salem, OR
Directions:
Downtown, at the south tip of Riverfront City Park.
Admission:
Free
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Eco-Earth.

Eco Earth Globe

Once an old industrial storage tank for storage of acid at a paper mill, the 26-foot diameter tank has been turned into a globe of planet Earth. Covered in more than 88,000 ceramic tiles, the globe also shows various animals and historic cultural icons.

[Jules Youngren, 04/20/2013]

Known locally as "acidball," the tank stands on its original spot in the former plywood processing plant which closed in 1982, which is now a city park. The acid sphere makeover was a volunteer community art project that started in 1999; Eco-Earth was completed in 2003. Nov. 2017: Photo added of Eco-Earth during 2017's total solar eclipse.


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