Installed in front of King Street West’s Theatre Park Condos, Jaakko Pernu’s sculpture, Runaway Forest, uses geometric forms to reflect the chaotic but beautiful nature of downtown. Inspired by burning trees, eight metal poles, “tree trunks,” stand in a pond of water. They are enclosed by a frame made up of dozens of criss-crossing aluminum ribbons. These “twigs” echo some design features seen nearby, such as the diagonal slashes that adorn the facade of Roy Thompson Hall. When viewed head-on, the sculpture’s tree forms seem to intertwine seamlessly.
The integration of this artwork has ultimately created a “go-to” meeting space in the front court of a busy and urban condo building.