In the spring and summer, the plaza will feature fountains created by WET Design in collaboration with SWA Group. The fountain’s water jets will be submerged in the plaza’s granite surface creating a dramatic effect without a pool or basin. The jets will be computer programmed for an endless variety of motion at heights varying from six inches to 15 feet, at different energy levels. Moving columns of water will appear to be dancing on the surface of the plaza and the dark granite surface will become a mirror of reflectivity when it is wet. At night the fountains will be saturated with light to reflect in the glass architecture of the six-building complex of PPG Place. The plans also call for moveable plants, trees, tables and chairs for warm-weather use.
The goal of the transformation was to create an area of vibrancy that embraces the character of the space, engages the public in an active way, and respects the architectural significance of the plaza.