Pacific Rim Park added the seventh pearl to its string of parks, “ Pacific Birth”. 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 comes from many influences with 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’s strong access draws visitors towards the Ocean. The park is a large earthen mound that slopes from the ground up to over 12 feet near the center, the overall diameter of the area is 50’. The mound is cut into 3 sections that are planted with flowering shrubs. There are two paths that enter the park that have a bench that surrounds a flowering tree. From the bench you can move towards the ocean passing through the center which compresses down to a 9’ diameter area with 12’ high vertical walls that are plastered with and off-white cement and crushed local oyster shells that remind us of the ocean.
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.
- 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