TORONTO—Three of the winning five installations from the seventh annual Winter Stations design competition will be on display in Toronto’s east end until Aug. 31, a change of pace from the usual exhibitions which occur in much colder temperatures.
The competition, founded by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio, was conceived to inspire Torontonians to visit the beach in the winter. Refuge was the theme for the 2021 competition and organizers invited artists to use their submissions to reflect back on the last year and consider what refuge means.
Usually launched on Family Day weekend in February, Winter Stations launched a special Spring Stations late this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with programming in and around The Distillery District in Toronto.
Now, the Beach BIA is inviting the public to view winning installations ARc de Blob, The Epitonium and THROBBER located at Kew Gardens adjacent to the Toronto Public Library Beaches Branch, Woodbine Park and the RC Harris Water Treatment.
“The Beach BIA is thrilled to invite Torontonians and visitors to experience Summer Stations in new, unique locations including Kew Gardens, Woodbine Park and the R.C. Harris property. Bring friends or family, explore the art installations outdoors along Queen Street East, shop local and enjoy great food in our neighbourhood. It is the perfect afternoon adventure in the Beaches,” said Paul Bieksa, executive director of the The Beach BIA, in a release. “These installations wouldn’t be possible without the generous contribution from The Richards Group and the tremendous co-operation and collaboration of councillor Bradford and the City of Toronto’s Parks and Water departments.”
The Embrace, by Sheridan College students, one of the winning designs, will be on exhibit at the Trafalgar Campus from Aug. 20 to Oct. 22. Winter Stations is expected to resume its regular programming and schedule in 2022.
For more information visit www.winterstations.com.