James Hubbell, prolific artist and humanitarian known for his organic architecture, mosaic work and sculptures, will be part of a team of 30 international architects and artists in Yantai, China from June 29th until July 28th in the creation of the seventh Pacific Rim Park.
“A pearl is created from irritation and pressure,” explains Hubbell. “The creation and mission of the Pacific Rim Park is to bring beauty and love – a pearl – from the often differing and quarreling countries that share the Pacific Rim.”
This park installation will be seventh build for the 86-year-old since the Pacific Rim Park’s mission began in 1994. Kyle Bergman, Pacific Rim Park’s Executive Director, will also lead the group in their cultural research, understanding and creative vision. The three-week build will connect the 30 different, and mainly foreign-to-each-other artists, with one shared goal, allowing them to see past their cultural and political differences and work together toward compassion, understanding and acceptance.
The Pacific Rim Park project was created to align neighboring countries across the Pacific with a reflective hideaway, overlooking the largest body of water on Earth that connects everyone and provides a sense of equality, even among the most different of nations. The parks themselves cast a string of pearls across the rim of the Pacific countries. Park locations include Vladivistok, Russia (1994), San Diego, Calif. USA (1998), Tijuana, Mexico (2004) and Puerto Princesa, Philippines (2009). Jeju Island, S. Korea (2010), and Kaohsuing, Taiwan (2013).
“Each and every park build has an artistic pearl element that it is centered around. The pearl symbolism can also be likened to the moon – another shared element that the people that call the Pacific Rim home share,” said Bergman. “The artists are purposefully drawn from universities and art programs from these countries, allowing them to share in the beauty of creating something permanent and idealistic.”
As the mosaics are placed, bonds are made and just like the concrete is poured, relationships are formed. Each country’s Pacific Rim Park is designed to complement the cultural aesthetics, using local sustainable materials and design elements similar to the individual heritage and history of each location.
To support the building of the park in Yantai, a Kickstarter crowdfunding is live from May 24th through June 21st, 2018. Visit our site at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pacificrimpark2018/1668800740?ref=500773&token=f772be7c