Ryerson University’s S’winter station can be seen in the image above. The finalists for the Winter Stations 2022 art installation on Woodbine Beach have been named.
The six art installations that will make up the Winter Stations 2022 exhibit along Woodbine Beach have been selected.
These are ENTER-FACE (from Turkey); Wildlife Warden Chair (Canada and France); LA RUCHE (from Canada); S’winter Station (Ryerson University); Introspection (University of Toronto); and One Canada (University of Guelph).
The winter resorts began in 2015 as a way to showcase the beauty of the eastern beaches and make it a destination point for outdoor art installations during the winter. Artwork is installed at lifesaving stations along Woodbine Beach, and each year an international competition receives entries related to that year’s winter resort theme.
In 2021, the winners had been selected for the art installations but they were not installed during the winter on the beach due to COVID-19. However, some of these were later displayed along Queen Street East in the summer thanks to The Beach BIA.
Considering all the world has been through over the past two years, the theme for Winter Stations 2022 was Resilience.
“Designers were asked to celebrate people’s ability to withstand and navigate through difficult and unprecedented times,” said Winter Stations’ press release announcing the 2022 winners.
“This year, artists were invited not only to reflect on all the ways people had to be resilient, but also how people channeled that resilience, whether through communities, movements, support networks and more.”
This year’s winter resorts will take place along Woodbine Beach beginning on the Family Day long weekend in February and continuing through the end of March. This is, of course, “pending any unforeseen COVID restrictions”.
Winter Stations founder Roland Rom Colthoff said he was “delighted” that art installations are back on Woodbine Beach this year.
“It’s great to be able to offer Torontonians a distanced and safe event to look forward to this winter. Whether this is your first time seeing the exhibits or coming back for another year, we hope you enjoy the installations that artists and designers around the world have worked so hard to create,” he said. in the press release.
With resilience as the theme, this year’s winter resorts also recognize the impact of the pandemic on Toronto’s east end and in particular shelter residents. One of the facilities has been dedicated to the women and gender diverse people who have lived at the YWCA’s temporary emergency shelter on Queen Street East at the beach for most of last year and well into 2020 .
“After reviewing the winning stations, residents and staff (of the YWCA emergency shelter) were drawn to THE HIVE, because of its vibrant colors and the way it represents resilience and hope in the world. building community in unprecedented times,” the press release reads.
For 2022, Winter Stations will also expand its footprint beyond Toronto. The Wildlife-guard Chair installation will make its debut in early February at Hamilton’s Winterfest on Pier 8, before heading east to Woodbine Beach for Family Day.
Winter Stations was first launched by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio in 2015. Over the years it has become extremely popular with local residents and beachgoers.
The sponsors of Winter Stations 2022 are The Beach BIA, Minto Communities, Sali Tabacchi Branding and Design, Meevo Digital, RioCan, Demirov, Bara Group, Urban Capital and Waterfront Shores Partners, consisting of Cityzen Group, Tercot Communities, Greybrook Realty and the city of Hamilton.
Here is more information on the six winning installations for Winter Stations 2022:
ENTER-FACE by MELT (Cemre Onerturk and Ege Cakir, Turkey)
Inspired by the northern cardinal bird – a year-round species found in Ashbridge’s Bay Park – the resort seeks to introduce visitors to Toronto’s wildlife. The diversity of species taking refuge in the dense urban environment is both remarkable to observe and critical to preserve.
THE HIVE (Kathleen Dogantzis and Will Cuthbert, Canada)
S’winter Station (Evan Fernandes, Kelvin Hoang, Alexandra Winslow, Justin Lieberman and Ariel Weiss, led by Associate Professor Vincent Hui, Department of Architectural Sciences, Ryerson University)
The forces of nature are relentless. Like the snow falling from the sky and the shifting sands of the beach, the pavilion embraces the local conditions of wind, snow and sun. Following these directions of force, the wings of the pavilion embody movement by harnessing snow and mitigating high winds. The beach towels were formed into dynamic concrete panels with variable openings. These panels control the amount of light and snow allowed in, while creating unique views to the outside. Together, the panels and fenders protect users and encourage them to interact with their environment. Where the first aid station, beach towels and marine ropes are more frequently used in the summer, the pavilion achieves resilience by employing these objects in the winter. The pavilion acts as a shelter for the community where winter conditions are celebrated by harnessing and adapting to natural forces.
Introspection (Christopher Hardy, Tomasz Weinberger, Clement Sung, Jason Wu, Jacob Henriquez, Christopher Law, Anthony Mattacchione, George Wang, Maggie MacPhie and Zoey Chao, led by Associate Professor Fiona Lim Tung, John H. Daniels School of Architecture at University of Toronto, Landscape and Design)
One Canada (Alex Feenstra, Megan Haralovich, Zhengyang Hua, Noah Tran, Haley White and Connor Winrow, led by Assistant Professor Afshin Ashari, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph)