Winter Stations and the Waterfront BIA have found a way to work together again this year, despite COVID-19 and its restrictions, to get Torontonians outdoors to view interactive public art installations in a safe and fun way.
The competition is in its seventh year and captures the creativity of both local and international designers, inviting them to transform the lifeguard stations along Toronto’s Woodbine and Kew beaches into impressive works of public art.
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This year’s theme is, “refuge,” and artists are encouraged to explore what refuge means to them through their designs as they re-examine the importance of public space.
“The star of Winter Stations has always been the beach, and the unique winter setting it provides,” says Winter Stations founder Roland Rom Colthoff. “We’re hopeful, with the openness of the landscape, and the distance between each lifeguard stand, that we can provide a safe outing for the people of Toronto to enjoy. Now more than ever, it’s important to embrace the outdoors and the seasonality of our city.”
As an event that takes place solely outdoors, Winter Stations will be continuing with the design competition portion of their annual event, and they plan to hold a safe, physically distant exhibition in 2021.
“For years, Winter Stations has brought people together from around the world to celebrate art and community. We’re fortunate the event is so well adapted to our current reality,” said Brad Bradford, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 19 Beaches-East York. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the incredible creative energy we’ve seen in the last several months colours this special event.”
All installations will be assembled and ready for you to pay a visit starting on Family Day weekend (February 15, 2021), and you will be able to check them out until March 31, 2021.
Submissions for the competition are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard time on November 17, 2020 and winners will be announced on January 6, 2021. If you are interested in submitting a design, you can do so here.