Imagine a string of pearls around the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Rim Park Project builds friendship parks featuring a pearl element; using it to bridge cultures, establishing new connections and defining the Pacific Rim community.


Concrete and mosaic artwork with courtyard and fountain.

Location:  32°42’29.6″N 117°14’04.7″W

Artist:  James T. Hubbell

Learn: The round bubbling pearl fountain centerpiece of Shelter Island’s Pacific Rim Park, is a group project uniting architectural students from San Diego sister cities Vladivostok, Tijuana and Yantai, China, assisted artist and designer James T. Hubbell. Look around you. Notice the park blends the rich artistic traditions of each of the four countries. The tile decorations suggest the four quadrants of the Pacific Rim; the Chinese dragon, an American shore bird, Russian Siberian tiger, and Mexican Quetzalcoatl.

Expound upon the pearl fountain, and notice that with the walls it suggests an open Chinese fan. The intricate wrought iron motif is reminiscent of Russian lace work. The Pearl of the Pacific signifies the friendship, cultural links, and economic ties that we share with our Pacific neighbors.

10 Ways to Enjoy:

  1. Do something romantic.
  2. String beads.
  3. Dance.
  4. Play checkers.
  5. Have a squirt gun battle.
  6. If you designed a fountain with your neighbors, family or friends imagine what it would look like.
  7. Plan something.
  8. Sing a song.
  9. Make up a poem in another language.
  10. Meditate.

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