Preceding the completion of the adjacent condo development, a complex new urban garden has sprouted up in Toronto's Theatre Disctrict in the form of Runaway Forest, an aluminum sculpture by design firm Eventscape. What is actually eight separate (but painstakingly interwoven) stylized 'trees' - designed by Finnish sculptor, Jaakko Pernu - was commissioned to front the brand new Theatre Park Condos on King Street West.
Image courtesy of TheatrePark
The Theatre District boasts the majority of Toronto's best theatres and performance spaces within a 5-minute walk or less: The Princess of Whales, The Royal Alexandra, Roy Thompson Hall, and The Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre. Wishing to build on the area's entertainment theme and proud history of celebrating art, Theatre Park Condos designer architectsAlliance commissioned the copse of metallic trees to line the entrance to the lobby. The units are currently selling for $764,900 to $2,349,900. Here are two renderings of the development, which has recently opened three model suites to the public:
"Theatre Park is a spectacular tower of 47 storeys sprouting from the historic Theatre District of Toronto's King Street West. The development features a 5200 square foot floor plate and once in a lifetime panoramic views from all sides and all floors. Anchored by a forecourt park complete with waterfall and divot pond, this sculptural art park will likely become the 'go to' meeting place for the symphony and theatre patrons as well as an urban respite from the pace of city life.
The tower features a two-level bar/terrace and restaurant as well as 236 high-style luxury homes equipped and finished with the best design the world has to offer. Facilities include a 24-hour concierge, fully equipped fitness facility, event room with dining and living areas, as well as an outdoor pool and terrace overlooking south to Roy Thomson Hall." -UrbanToronto.ca
Renderings courtesy of architectsAlliance
Standing in an elongated pond, eight 24-foot-high aluminum 'trunks' (with 8-inch diameters) shoot rigidly upward before blossoming into intricate 'limbs'. These limbs converge to create a deliberate - but seemingly random - collection of geometric shapes that transform as you view them from different angles. Jaakko Pernu said the sculpture reminded him of a burnt forest, and so he dubbed it Runaway Forest. Don't you enjoy the juxtaposition between the metallic trees and the natural greenery? The aluminum garden seems to reflect the urban lifestyle and vibrancy of the downtown core: crowded collections of metal and concrete, but with a life of its own!
Images courtesy of Eventscape
Translating the artist’s small desktop model into detailed drawings for the full-sized 24-foot high structures was just one of a great many challenges faced by Eventscape designers. Each one of the unique metal 'twigs' - that appear to be continuous from one tree to the next - are in fact triple-layered, and all 112 had their own precise welding template.
"Structurally independent of each other, these massive structures involved a huge level of complexity. Engineering the details of fabrication and installation of these heavy structures was critical to maintain a vertical plane. All of the tree parts aligned with a precise tolerance, remaining perfectly parallel with equal gaps between them, to allow for movement under wind load. In plan view, each tree was an alternating trapezoid. This shape prevented the gaps from reading as obvious divisions, so that the twig pattern would appear continuous, turning corners and jumping gaps." -Eventscape
Interested in a more in-depth look this sculpture's intricate manufacturing process? Check out the video below, courtesy of Eventscape.
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