Photos: James Bombales

The Winter Stations pop-up art exhibit officially kicked off last week at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach. This year’s event marks the fourth year of the international design competition and brings with it a colourful collection of work by artists, architects and designers from around the world.

Each year, the competition attracts hundreds of submissions from artists who are tasked with reimagining several lifeguard stations on Toronto’s east end beaches to draw people out of their homes during the cold winter months. Four winning designs were selected and are joined by three student installations from the University of Guelph, OCAD and Ryerson University.

“Yet again the submissions we received really blew us away with their creativity,” says Ward 32 Councillor and Winter Stations jury member Mary-Margaret McMahon. “It was a tough choice narrowing it down but we are really excited to present the four winning installations and the three student designs, and we hope that the community welcomes them as some warm and colourful relief in this cold weather.”

Following the theme of “RIOT,” designers were inspired from the past year’s political and social upheaval resulting in thought-provoking pieces. Winning entries include a “Pussy Hut” inspired by the Women’s March movement, and a nuclear cooling tower lined with hundreds of tiny pinwheels to symbolize renewable wind energy and calls for the phase out of nuclear power.

“It was important for us to allow the competition to evolve and reflect the global events of the past twelve months,” says Roland Rom Colthoff, Principal at RAW Design and Winter Stations co-founder. “At the same time, the installations couldn’t stray too far from the main motive of Winter Stations, which is to bring joy, warmth and conversation to the long, cold Canadian winter landscape.”

The Winter Stations will stay open to the public until April 1, 2018.

Pussy Hut

Martin Miller & Mo Zheng
Ithaca, NY, USA



Make Some Noise!!!

Alexandra Grieß & Jorel Heid
Hamburg, Germany




Kien Pham
Surbiton, United Kingdom



Wind Station

Paul van den Berg & Joyce de Grauw
Rotterdam, Netherlands




OCAD University
Ben Chang, Anna Pogossyan, Amr Alzahabi, Carlos Chin, Iris Ho, Tracee Jia, Krystal Lum, Adria Maynard, Purvangi Patel, Judiette Vu
Toronto, Ontario, Canada




Ryerson University
Adrian Chiu, Arnel Espanol, Henry Mai
Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Rising Up

University of Guelph
Alexander Good, Austin Huang, Kevin Sadlemyer, Marc Cote, Stephan Stelliga, Zixiang Chen, Nadia Amoroso, John Phillips, Sean Kelly
Guelph, Ontario, Canada



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