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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 three structures in the project, hoping to transform what had been a trio of bland, unremarkable buildings into something more interesting.

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, and also rendered in concrete on the walls of the restroom building. The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan was completed in 2014.

TMA acted as a project manager for Pae White Studio.

Photography: Jim BRady

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