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Winter Stations Design Exhibition (Toronto)

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Winter Stations 2018: From February 19 to April 01

Now in its 4th edition, this event took the locals by surprise in 2015! Word-of-mouth caught on fast about the weird installations being erected around the lifeguard stations on Woodbine Beach and Kew-Balmy Beach. Now, we can’t wait to find out what clever way the designers will come up with to reinvent the stations. The results are unique whimsical microcosms to explore, allowing us to view the lake from a different angle. Some are meditative, others more interactive (in 2017, kids could leave their messages in the bottles creating the walls around one of the stations). Winter Stations is an international design competition open to anyone, amateur or professional. (Winners receive $10,000 for construction and $3,500 for design. The deadline to apply is early November.) The exhibition following this competition is a wonderful opportunity for kids to climb up the lifeguard stations, and for all to find out that glistening water under the sun and gentle waves rolling onto the beach are as good for the soul at minus 10 as they are in the summer.

Note: For 2018, all the installations can be found on Woodbine Beach, probably due to some constructions on the eastern beach.

Red labyrinth by Kien Pham from United Kingdom
Wind Station by Paul van den Berg and Joyce from Netherlands
Pussy Hut by Martin Miller and Mo Zheng from USA
Noisy art by Alexandra Grieb and Jorel Heid from Germany

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