Winter Stations winners unveiled for Toronto's beaches

Photo: Winter Stations

Photo: Winter Stations

The winners have been chosen in the third annual Winter Stations, which transforms lifeguard stations along Toronto’s eastern beaches into temporary art installations.

The event is designed to encourage people to get outside, and anyone is invited to submit an idea to revamp the otherwise underused public space. The whimsical winter displays will enliven the shores from Feb. 20 to March 27. 

Winners announced Monday include a reinterpretation of a Japanese hot spring, a beacon capturing the essence of a traditional lighthouse and an installation that will suspend 41 fir trees in midair, "creating an evocative and colour-saturated canopy that stands out against the white of winter."

Photo: Winter Stations

Photo: Winter Stations

Five winning designs were selected out of hundreds of submissions by the design jury of the Winter Stations competition. They include designs from international and local artists, designers, architects and landscape architects that all celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape and aim to draw people outside to interact with the cold, icy environment. They will be joined by three student installations from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Humber College.

"Winter Stations 2017 delivered, once again, gutsy and lyrical transformations of ordinary lifeguard stands," says Lisa Rochon, Winter Stations design jury chair. "Visitors will be able to touch and feel their way along the beach, experiencing luminous shelter from the wind, warming waters for their feet, and designs that celebrate the Canadian nation of immigrants."

Photo: Winter Stations

Photo: Winter Stations

The theme for Winter Stations’ third year is Catalyst. The jury looked for installations that open up the waterfront landscape and reinvent the space for visitors. Artists and designers were also asked to consider their entries as a catalyst for change – with thought put into how materials may be re-purposed or reused in future iterations. 

All eight installations will be built from Feb. 13 to 19 along Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches in the heart of The Beaches community, broadly located south of Queen East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. Installations will debut on Family Day, Feb. 20, and will stay open to the public until March 27.

Check out the rest of the Winter Stations winners here.