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Soap Lake Lava Lamp mastermind dies

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SOAP LAKE — Brent Blake, architect, artist and mastermind behind the much-publicized plan to erect a huge Lava Lamp in tiny Soap Lake, died early Tuesday.

Blake, 72, had been fighting leukemia for a year.

Blake retired from his Seattle architect consulting business to Soap Lake in 2000, quickly becoming known for his flamboyant ways and creative ideas in the former spa town. He purchased one of the town’s old spas and turned it into an artist studio, gallery and…

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