SOAP LAKE, Wash. – The effort to build a 60-foot tall lava lamp in Soap Lake is slowly gaining momentum.
The community has raised about $200,000 for the project. It is estimated $1 million will be needed to build the massive display.
The giant lava lamp would sit along Highway 17, which runs through the small Inland Northwest town.
Town leaders hope the display would draw tourists who are on their way to Grand Coulee Dam.
Organizers say a computer and projector would shine images onto the lava lamp. There would be a light show every day at dusk. They also hope to build an eight-story climbing tower attached to the lava lamp.
The project has been in the planning stages for years. The lava lamp is in pieces inside a storage facility, and has been there since 2004. It once sat in the middle of Times Square in New York City
Town leaders have made several attempts to kick-start the project. Construction was supposed to start in 2010, but was delayed because of lack of funding.