This outdoor space at the corner of Adelaide and John Street has been transformed into a dynamic public piazza by Janet Rosenberg & Studio. The plaza has two functions: to welcome residents of the Pinnacle on Adelaide condos to their home and to provide a meeting spot or additional seating areas for surrounding cafes, shops, and restaurants. Located in the bustling neighbourhood of Toronto’s Entertainment District, the plaza has become a playful and interesting rest-stop along the festival street.
Encouraging social activities, the plaza features twenty-eight large granite cubes on top of which people may gather and sit. The space comes alive at night, where contrasting white cubes are lit up with glowing LEDs, creating a textured terrain that is sculptural and functional all at once. Flowing around these light cubes are bubbling jets of water that pool between the rocks. Vertical columns with their own diffused LEDs are dispersed around the site to give the whole plaza a radiant warmth.
Difficult to miss is the striking sculpture, entitled Speech Bubble, by the artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. This piece further animates the plaza with an ever-changing series of images on a digital screen shaped like a comic book speech bubble.