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Winter Stations Design Exhibition (Toronto)

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Winter Stations 2017: From February 20 to March 27

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 will get to 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 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.

The most whimsical installation seen in 2015
We sometimes get to climb into the installation
Leaving a message in a bottle
Lifeguard station completely swallowed by 2017 ’Illusory’ station

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