Sunday, November 01, 2020

Pop-up park at the Toronto CN Tower

If you look up too much to see the wonder of the CN Tower you might miss the pop-up park at the base of the tower. U of T partnered with the tower to install an educational pop-up designed by Perez-Amado and U of T John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design students, supported by Sidewalk Labs.

The park named Pebbs and Hex opened Saturday, July 25 and will remain until early December and features CNC-milled wooden seats and planters as part of the tower's desire to bring variety to the downtown core.

Pebbs and Hex, an educational pop-up park designed and built by Perez-Amado and a team of Daniels Faculty students, is now taking visitors at the base of the CN Tower, Canada's most recognizable urban landmark. The park opened to the public on Saturday, July 25th, in the plaza located immediately to the south of the tower's base. It will remain on display until early December.

From the CN Tower's website, "Pebbs and Hex consists of a series of CNC-milled wooden "pebbles" — rounded seating structures, accentuated with kinetic, solar-powered lighting elements that move with the wind. The "hexes" are modular hexagonal planters that hold a gallery of native trees, including burr oak, black ash, sugar maple, and poplar. A series of explanatory plaques will educate visitors about the different tree species and the important roles they play in Ontario's ecology. The park’s elements were fabricated in the Daniels Faculty’s digital fabrication laboratory."

“We are excited to partner with University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design to bring the Pebbs and Hex pop-up park to life at the base of the CN Tower,” says Peter George, the tower’s chief operating officer. “With its beautiful array of trees that are part of the city’s natural canopy, the installation is one of many ways the CN Tower is helping Torontonians fall in love with their city all over again, and we’re so pleased to provide our community with a refreshingly green urban space to enjoy.”

For Robert Wright, interim dean of the Daniels Faculty, an installation in the CN Tower's plaza represents an opportunity to bring design excellence to a wide audience. "I'm proud of The Daniels Faculty’s support of this activity and Victor's work on this project," Wright says. "Pebbs and Hex is both beautiful and educational. And it's an incredible showcase for the Daniels Faculty's design expertise and fabrication technologies."

Due to the latest Covid spike remember that "Effective October 3, the CN Tower will suspend its operations to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and hopefully help to flatten the curve. The health and safety of our staff and guests is our priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to welcoming guests back to the Tower as soon as public health authorities and Canada Lands Company determine that it is safe to do so."

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