The four are Pacific Rim countries, and the Pearl of the Pacific is one of six parks created by the Pacific Rim Park Project, a non-profit association created to strengthen the cultural unity between these countries’ peoples. The parks, created over the past 20 years, are designed and built by architecture students under the supervision of leading artists and urban planners. Each park includes a pearl element in its design, as the creators envisioned the Pacific draped in a “string of pearls” in contrast to a “ring of fire.”
When my husband, Andrew and I visited San Diego in November 2019, I had planned to meet with my fellow gem artist Nancy Arthur-McGehee and visit her studio (Turn to page 26 to enjoy the feature article about this visit). After connecting with Nancy and before heading to her studio, she drove us to several places in the city, beaches and neighborhoods, a visual feast of San Diego.
Our first stop was at one of her favorite locations, the Pacific Rim Park Pearl of the Pacific. It is a rather small park, on the waterfront, at the tip of Shelter Island, one of my favorite places to stay and visit. Shelter Island is on the Point Loma peninsula. The architectural sculptures for the Pearl of the Pacific park are created by artist James T. Hubbell, who was the artistic director, and Kyle Bergman, the construction coordinator.
I always love to be surprised about where to find inspiration and stimulation. Artwork created by other artists is always a good source, especially art I would not envision doing myself, but admire for its innovation, thematic approach, and materials.
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ROOSEVELT DAM AGATE: A Gem Loaded with History
The Roosevelt Dam agate is a very limited-occurrence lapidary material, uncovered during the excavation of the Theodore Roosevelt Dam in Arizona, hence the obvious name of Roosevelt Dam agate.
GEORGIUS AGRICOLA'S: DE RE METALLICA
465 Years Old and Still Relevant
Trisparkle 12 Design Marks New Approach
I want to thank Jim Perkins for his many years of providing outstanding faceting designs for the Rock & Gem readership.
Scientists Looking at a Possibly Undetected Volcano in Alaska
Is there a previously undiscovered volcano within Alaska’s Aleutian chain of islands? A team of scientists recently presented their findings surrounding this possibility during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
COMMON, BUT NOT CONVENTIONAL
Discovering the Splendor of SLAG
A pile of slag remaining from copper smelting operations of 1930s Cottonwood, Arizona is one area of focus for Minerals Research, Inc. (MRI), the company pursuing a 15-20 year process to remove the pile using innovative recovery technology.
HUNTING FOR THUNDEREGGS
Uncovering A “Ghost” Volcano’s Treasures
GALENA’S GIFT OF A STUNNING SECONDARY MINERAL
Anxiously Awaiting a New Museum Opening
With the year 2021 upon us, Arizona collectors are certainly excited about the pending May opening of the University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum in downtown Tucson. Of course, the excitement extends beyond the border of Arizona and to far reaching locales around the globe.
Captivated By Copper
Soldiers’ Discovery Leads to a Century of Mining at Pearl Handle Open Pit
UNITY IN A WORLD OF DIVERSITY
BRIAN JONES explores unity in a world full of challenges and diversity. Through different analogies and his own personal experience with meditation, he finds effective ways to achieve unity through the silence of the heart.
A year of COVID
MY OH MY, HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a 51-mile long canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The Importance of Capsize Testing
I was glad to see your recent article on the back page regarding one person’s experience with a capsized boat (Artful Sailor #122). I’m so glad he did this testing on his boat and I agree with his conclusions.
THE BEST WWII FIGHTERS
Which was number one?
Short hikes on the long PCT
Other than some extreme sports, one of the most agreed-upon measures of athletic physical endurance is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
The First Trip to New Zealand
A group of people in long wooden canoes set sail from East Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean about 800 years ago. For days, they voyaged southwest. Strong currents and gusts of winds pounded them. Still, they pushed on.
New Zealand – High Five
Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is known for its stunning landscapes. New Zealanders are passionate about protecting their land and their culture. Here are five fascinating facts to get you started.
Living Above The Boiling Earth
You know immediately that something strange is going on in the city of Rotorua.
Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Build Here
Wildfires are close to torching the insurance industry in California