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Birds Words



When Pae White was chosen as lead artist for the reimagining of the San Diego waterfront, she chose not to simply locate a plop sculpture somewhere on the site.  Instead, she took on the the three structures in the project, hoping to transform what had been a trio of bland, unremarkable buildings.

Drawing from her memories of family trips to San Diego, she decided to clad the structures with words remembered from books she read on those trips. The text appears on the roofs of the information and cafe pavilions, with certain words pushing through, while the letter forms were rendered in concrete at the restroom building. The North Embaradero Visionary Plan was completed in 2014.

TMA acted as a project manager for Pae White Studio.

ARCHITECT of record: JWDA
Photography: Jim BRady






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