Oracle Square is a receptor and transmitter, an attraction and garden, a passage and a pause, populated by a loose savannah of vertical and horizontal figures that define space and intensity, and introduce interactivity for the Entertainment District A wide variety of users are envisioned: theatre, businesses, artists, designers, media artists, agents, groups, tourists, locals, cabs, streetcars, networks, shopping festivals, pedestrians / cyclists / drivers, events, play and the everyday.
The Square, to be located on the corner of King St West and John St, is home to 25 lightning blades and 3 jets – thin, tall inclined cylinders 3 meters in diameter, 25 meters high –with fully sensitized programmable translucent double skins. The lightning blades are rooted in an undulating sculpted and porous stone floor, an engineered platform making clearings and intensities populated by ‘mushrooms’ – smooth, three dimensional figures that create cover, protection and visual grounding to the terrain. Set into this ‘forest floor’ are clusters of green circular patches of gardens and reflecting water. Hovering 15 meters above is a Filigreed Fog, a light mesh ceiling lit in the evenings to focus illuminating beams onto the floor of Oracle Square.