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« Record-cold temperatures didn’t keep Torontonians from the beach last winter as curious families and design-lovers took in the first Winter Stations exhibition in droves. Launched by RAW Architects, Ferris + Associates and Curio, the successful inaugural competition in 2015 saw five utilitarian lifeguard stations along Toronto’s east-end beaches transform into whimsical works of public art. Today, Winter Stations is once again calling on the international design community to submit their visions as registration opens for the 2016 competition. Submissions are due on November 12, 2015 with winners announced in early January 2016.
Competitors are challenged to create temporary wintertime installations anchored to the life guard stands that inject colour, movement, humour and life into the landscape. This year’s theme, Freeze/Thaw, asks designers and artists to respond to the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter. Designs may anticipate the coming Spring or stay rooted in the frigid winter. Either way, concepts should be playful and provocative, creatively utilizing materials and site to echo the Freeze/Thaw narrative and engage with the public. »