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In photos: Winter Stations 2022


This year’s annual public art installation competition at Woodbine Beach celebrates resilience


It’s beach season. The Winter Stations have returned to Woodbine Beach for the month of March.

The international design competition asks participants to design temporary art installations which incorporate the existing lifeguard towers along Toronto’s Kew and Woodbine beaches.

The theme of this year’s Winter Stations is resilience, chosen to allow international artists to address the many challenges and changes we have all faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All installations are open to the public and free.

One Canada

University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development (Canada)

Nick Lachance

The One Canada installation acknowledges the resilience of our First Nations peoples and seeks to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians together through gathering. The seven rings represent the seven grandfather teachings of the Anishnabae Peoples: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and Truth.

ENTER FACE

MELT – Cemre Önertürk & Ege Çakır (Turkey)

Nick Lachance

Seeking to explore the role screens played in creating an isolated version of coexistence many of us faced throughout the pandemic, ENTER FACE invites guests to literally enter their faces into the exhibit to view a distorted version the real world around them.

Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance

Introspection

University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (Canada)

Nick Lachance

As if you hadn’t already had enough time to look at yourself during every Zoom meeting for the last two years (it’s okay, admit it, we’re all doing it), Introspection offers the chance to do more of that, just in a tiny box on a beach instead of a tiny box in your house.

Nick Lachance

THE HIVE

Kathleen Dogantzis & Will Cuthbert (Canada)

Nick Lachance

We are resilient, bees are resilient, protect THE HIVE, save the bees, we are bees.

Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance

S’winter Station

University X Department of Architectural Science (Canada)

Nick Lachance

Designed as a shelter from winter conditions as well as a place where the community can gather to enjoy them, the S’Winter Station pavilion offers multiple approaches as an installation. Looking inside or outside from a concrete hole, or atop the lifeguard tower in the centre, gives a unique view of the beach dependent on the time, day and weather conditions.

Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance
Nick Lachance

While you’re at Woodbine Beach make sure to walk over to Ashbridges Bay Park and check out the Red Embers installation, which was moved there from Allan Gardens in 2020.

Katarina Ristic

Winter Stations continues at Woodbine Beach until March 31

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