Twelve feet tall and covered in red clay bricks that come from one of the oldest kilns in the region, the structure at Pacific Birth invites visitors to journey to its center and see the shining pearl up close.  

Twelve feet tall and covered in red clay bricks that come from one of the oldest kilns in the region, the structure at Pacific Birth invites visitors to journey to its center and see the shining pearl up close. 

Pacific Birth

Kaohsiung, Taiwan • 2013 

“Pacific Birth” is the seventh pearl in a series of Pacific Rim Parks. The park is located in Cijin, a small coastal community in Taiwan’s second largest city, Kaohsiung.  In July we arrived in Taiwan just as the powerful Typhoon Soulik touched down in Tapai. This turned into an important part of the design and understanding Taiwan. 

The design of the park echoes many influences and inputs from many sources both known and unknown. The overall design is inspired by a long chamber shell that we saw on the 5th day of the trip at the Shell Museum in Cijin.

The park is a large earthen mound sloping up over 12 feet toward the center, and the overall diameter of the area is 50 feet. A central bench invites you to move towards the ocean, passing through a tight center between 12'-high walls.

This area then opens up to another bench and the pearl, as well as a clear view of the Pacific. The vertical walls of the mound are covered by mosaics of red clay bricks that come from one of the oldest kilns in the region. During the closing ceremony the students preformed an opera they created showing how nature, (specifically a typhoon in this story), can either divide us or bring us together.
 

July 13- August 11, 2013 

The Pacific Rim Parks Organization plans on creating the 7th pearl in the Pacific Rim Park. 
 

Key Organizations

  • Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs R.O.C (Taiwan)
  • Ilan Leal Foundation
  • Mission Valley Rotary of San Diego
  • University of California in San Diego International Relations of Pacific Studies Program
  • Yantai University, Yantai China
  • National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
  • Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
  • National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
  • National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan
  • Iberoamericana, Insituto Tecnologico, Tijuana Mexico
  • Jeju National University, Korea
  • World Council for Curriculum and Instruction ( WCCI )
  • World Council for Curriculum and Instruction ( WCCI ) Taiwan Chapter
  • Formosa Builders, Inc, Taiwan
  • Alumni Association of Department of Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
  • Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Korea