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Winter Stations 2020 is meant to draw Torontonians to the beach

Mirage, by Cristina Vega and Pablo Losa Fontangordo. (Courtesy the designers)

Winners of the sixth annual Winter Stations Design Competition will once again grace the beaches of east Toronto beginning February 17. The three winning installations will be joined by a fourth from the local Centennial College.

This year’s theme was Beyond the Five Senses, and organizers asked the 273 entrants to create freestanding pavilions that either engaged visitors’ senses and connection to the environment or distorted it. To that end, here are this year’s winners, which each aim to encourage visitors to explore and discuss an under-used section of Toronto in the winter.

A person wandering a beach with a lifeguard chair in the background

Kaleidoscope of the Senses, by Charlie Sutherland of SUHUHA, like the other installations, repurposes the unused lifeguard chairs on the beach. (Courtesy the designer)

Kaleidoscope of the Senses, by Charlie Sutherland of Sutherland Hussey Harris (SUHUHA), reimagines the typical lifeguard chair as a carefully balanced sculpture. The horizontal bar laid across the structure’s center frames the horizon across the water, while the sounds of a bell, and the smells of aromatic oils are dispersed around the pavilion, engaging all five senses.

Rendering of a pavilion composed entirely of foam noodles

Noodle Feed, by iheartblob. (Courtesy the design)

Noodle Feed, by iheartblob, uses an accompanying augmented reality app to let visitors drop drawings, photos, and notes at the installation, transcending the physical world. Noodle Feed’s sinuous tubes will be made from rough, repurposed sailcloth, and passerby can rearrange the cushioned noodles to form different arrangements.

Mirage, top, by Cristina Vega and Pablo Losa Fontangordo, is aptly named; the reflective yellow sphere either shows a bright rising sun diffusing light across the snow, or a setting red sun, depending on the angle one approaches it from. Only by actually getting close to the installation can one discern that it’s just a reflective disc.

Rendering of orange stacks on a beach

The Beach’s Percussion Ensemble was designed by students from Toronto’s Centennial College. (Courtesy the designer)

Finally, The Beach’s Percussion Ensemble from Centennial College, will arrange three stacked wooden columns in a circle around a central steel drum. Graffiti artists will have free reign to decorate the piece, and visitors can play with the drum as wind from the nearby lake triggers the bells that will hang from each structure.

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