Lifeguard stations in The Beach to become whimsical winter art installations

News Jan 16, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Five of the 13 lifeguard stations in the Beach are set to be temporarily transformed into unique works of art during the inaugural Winter Stations Design Competition.

Inspired by Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Warming Huts Art and Architecture Competition, the public art contest saw nearly 200 teams of international and local artists, designers and architects from 36 countries apply to take part.

RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio are behind the open art competition, which launched in October.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, organizers unveiled the list of the five finalists, who were asked to design installations based on the theme ‘warmth’ as a guide.

They are: ‘Sling Swing’ by WMB Studio from London/Liverpool, U.K.; ‘Driftwood Throne’ by DM-Studio from London, U.K.; ‘Wing Back’ by Tim Olson, from New Hampshire, U.S.A.; ‘HotBox’ by Michael MacLeod and Nicholas Croft, Toronto; and ‘Snowcone’ by Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon, both fourth-year students from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science.

All of the designs are set to be erected from Feb. 13 to 16 between the Leuty Lifeguard Station and the Balmy Beach Club.

The installations will be unveiled to the public on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. during the Winter Stations Grand Opening festival and will remain open until Friday, March 20.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is working with local groups such as Friends of Beach Parks and East End Arts as well as the Design Exchange and the Beach Village Business Improvement Area to organize a number of “celebrity” walks during Winter Stations.

Organizers approached the Beaches-East York representative this summer about the public art competition and month-long display, which she called “fantastic wild art”.

A strong supporter of community animation, McMahon was on board from the start.

“I’m excited to help with this project,” she said earlier this week.

“We’ve had a lot of fun already and we’re hoping this will be an annual event.”

McMahon also serves as one of the competition’s jurors alongside Christopher Hume, architecture and urban affairs critic for the Toronto Star; Beach resident Shauna Levy, president of the Design Exchange; Peter Hargraves, principal at Sputnik Architects; and independent curator Catherine Dean.

“I was so impressed with the creativity and hard work demonstrated by all 196 entries. This project has the potential to transform the Beach during the winter and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” McMahon said in a Feb. 13 release.

The Winter Stations Design Competition is sponsored by Rockport Group, Streetcar Developments, Urban Capital, Urbancorp, Worsley Urban Partners and the City of Toronto, among others.

Visit www.winterstations.com for more details.

Lifeguard stations in The Beach to become whimsical winter art installations

Nearly 200 teams applied to take part in inaugural Winter Stations Design Competition

News Jan 16, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Five of the 13 lifeguard stations in the Beach are set to be temporarily transformed into unique works of art during the inaugural Winter Stations Design Competition.

Inspired by Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Warming Huts Art and Architecture Competition, the public art contest saw nearly 200 teams of international and local artists, designers and architects from 36 countries apply to take part.

RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio are behind the open art competition, which launched in October.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, organizers unveiled the list of the five finalists, who were asked to design installations based on the theme ‘warmth’ as a guide.

They are: ‘Sling Swing’ by WMB Studio from London/Liverpool, U.K.; ‘Driftwood Throne’ by DM-Studio from London, U.K.; ‘Wing Back’ by Tim Olson, from New Hampshire, U.S.A.; ‘HotBox’ by Michael MacLeod and Nicholas Croft, Toronto; and ‘Snowcone’ by Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon, both fourth-year students from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science.

All of the designs are set to be erected from Feb. 13 to 16 between the Leuty Lifeguard Station and the Balmy Beach Club.

The installations will be unveiled to the public on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. during the Winter Stations Grand Opening festival and will remain open until Friday, March 20.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is working with local groups such as Friends of Beach Parks and East End Arts as well as the Design Exchange and the Beach Village Business Improvement Area to organize a number of “celebrity” walks during Winter Stations.

Organizers approached the Beaches-East York representative this summer about the public art competition and month-long display, which she called “fantastic wild art”.

A strong supporter of community animation, McMahon was on board from the start.

“I’m excited to help with this project,” she said earlier this week.

“We’ve had a lot of fun already and we’re hoping this will be an annual event.”

McMahon also serves as one of the competition’s jurors alongside Christopher Hume, architecture and urban affairs critic for the Toronto Star; Beach resident Shauna Levy, president of the Design Exchange; Peter Hargraves, principal at Sputnik Architects; and independent curator Catherine Dean.

“I was so impressed with the creativity and hard work demonstrated by all 196 entries. This project has the potential to transform the Beach during the winter and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” McMahon said in a Feb. 13 release.

The Winter Stations Design Competition is sponsored by Rockport Group, Streetcar Developments, Urban Capital, Urbancorp, Worsley Urban Partners and the City of Toronto, among others.

Visit www.winterstations.com for more details.

Lifeguard stations in The Beach to become whimsical winter art installations

Nearly 200 teams applied to take part in inaugural Winter Stations Design Competition

News Jan 16, 2015 by Joanna Lavoie Beach Mirror

Five of the 13 lifeguard stations in the Beach are set to be temporarily transformed into unique works of art during the inaugural Winter Stations Design Competition.

Inspired by Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Warming Huts Art and Architecture Competition, the public art contest saw nearly 200 teams of international and local artists, designers and architects from 36 countries apply to take part.

RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio are behind the open art competition, which launched in October.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, organizers unveiled the list of the five finalists, who were asked to design installations based on the theme ‘warmth’ as a guide.

They are: ‘Sling Swing’ by WMB Studio from London/Liverpool, U.K.; ‘Driftwood Throne’ by DM-Studio from London, U.K.; ‘Wing Back’ by Tim Olson, from New Hampshire, U.S.A.; ‘HotBox’ by Michael MacLeod and Nicholas Croft, Toronto; and ‘Snowcone’ by Diana Koncan and Lily Jeon, both fourth-year students from Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science.

All of the designs are set to be erected from Feb. 13 to 16 between the Leuty Lifeguard Station and the Balmy Beach Club.

The installations will be unveiled to the public on Family Day, Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. during the Winter Stations Grand Opening festival and will remain open until Friday, March 20.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is working with local groups such as Friends of Beach Parks and East End Arts as well as the Design Exchange and the Beach Village Business Improvement Area to organize a number of “celebrity” walks during Winter Stations.

Organizers approached the Beaches-East York representative this summer about the public art competition and month-long display, which she called “fantastic wild art”.

A strong supporter of community animation, McMahon was on board from the start.

“I’m excited to help with this project,” she said earlier this week.

“We’ve had a lot of fun already and we’re hoping this will be an annual event.”

McMahon also serves as one of the competition’s jurors alongside Christopher Hume, architecture and urban affairs critic for the Toronto Star; Beach resident Shauna Levy, president of the Design Exchange; Peter Hargraves, principal at Sputnik Architects; and independent curator Catherine Dean.

“I was so impressed with the creativity and hard work demonstrated by all 196 entries. This project has the potential to transform the Beach during the winter and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” McMahon said in a Feb. 13 release.

The Winter Stations Design Competition is sponsored by Rockport Group, Streetcar Developments, Urban Capital, Urbancorp, Worsley Urban Partners and the City of Toronto, among others.

Visit www.winterstations.com for more details.