Toronto’s Beaches will be getting a makeover for five weeks this winter.
Winter Stations returns for its third-year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to The Beaches. And winners of the annual competition were announced, showcasing renderings of the new exhibits soon to occupy Toronto’s waterfront landscape.
The installations, which run from February 20 to March 27, will be temporary structures that will be able to withstand our rigours winter weather. The designs are expected to include up to six lifeguard stands as armature, including Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches located in the heart of the Beach community.
Winners had to follow Winter Stations 2017 theme, Catalyst : Converting one form or substance into another. Below are some of the winning designs.
I See You Ashiyu – by Asuka Kono and Rachel Salmela (Toronto, Canada)
“Ashiyu is about experiencing the elements through haptic interaction with water and steam. The reinterpretation of the Japanese hot spring uses the physical catalytic process of heating and circulating water to spark memory and social interaction.”
North – studio PERCH (Montreal, Canada)
“north suspends 41 fir trees in midair, creating an evocative and colour-saturated canopy that stands out against the white of winter. Held
by metal wire attached to a suspended metal structure, the trees sway slowly in the wind, parting as one moves through.”
Collective Memory – Mario García (Barcelona, Spain) and Andrea Govi (Milan, Italy)
“Collective Memory aims to catalyze a collective memory surrounding the anecdotes. Two translucent walls will shield the existing lifeguard structure, creating a threshold between shore and city. Constructed out of recycled glass bottles – the archetype for the lost message – here will become a site for the material accumulation and exchange of stories.”
BuoyBuoyBuoy – Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani, and Julie Forand (Toronto, Canada)
“A buoy. The edge of a lane from swimming lessons as children. In the distance, a marker delineating safety from the wild of hazards unseen. Buoyant. Able to rise and stay afloat just above the water. Moving with the waves but staying in place. Like a mist rising over the landscape, both visible and invisible. Changing. Revealing and hiding as our bodies rise and dive into the water.”
The Beacon – Joao Araujo Sousa and Joanna Correia Silva (Porto, Portugal)
“The Beacon sets to capture the essence of traditional lighthouses and trigger an emotional response from the local community, thus creating a surprising experience at Woodbine beach. The concept translates into the archetypical lighthouse conical shape, reduced to its simplest expression and conformed to the lifeguard stand proportions.”
Institutional winners include the University of Waterloo, Humber College School of Media Studies & IT, School of Applied Technology, and Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.
The winning designs are amazing, and will definitely attract more people to the beaches over winter.
Get your phones ready for some epic photos!