Lifeguard stations to become art installations

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winners have been selected for Toronto’s second annual Winter Stations Competition. In its second year, the design jury selected four winning designs and three student designs from 380 local and international entries that will transform the lifeguard stations that dot Toronto’s beaches into art installations. This year’s theme, Freeze/Thaw, encouraged artists to create art related to the changing climactic conditions that winter brings.

“Winter Stations 2016 attracted brilliant ideas from around the world and it was agonizing to have to pick only four winners from an amazing field of 380 submissions,” said Lisa Rochon, Winter Stations design Jury Chair, in a press release. “Visitors will discover a feast of textures in the schemes – from vessels clad in charred wood to sailing rope to vintage furs. Inventive, playful and irreverent, all of the installations can be read like pieces of poetry on the beach.”

The winning installations include In the Belly of a Bear by Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee; Floating Ropes by MUDO; Sauna by FFLO; and Flow by Team Secret. The three winning student designs include Lithoform by Ryerson students; The Steam Canoe by OCADU students; and Aurora Borealis by Laurentian University students.

All seven installations will be constructed between Feb. 10th and 14th along Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches in Toronto’s Beaches community, located south of Queen St. East, between Woodbine Ave. and Victoria Park Ave. Installations will debut on Family Day, Feb. 15, 2016 and will remain open to the public until March 20, 2016.

The design competition was founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio, with ultimate goal of encouraging the community to leave hibernation and take a trip to the beach, according to Ferris + Associates lead designer Ted Merrick.

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