Toronto Winter Stations is back in full swing for it’s sixth consecutive year. For those who are not familiar with Winter Stations, it’s an annual event that happens at Woodbine Beach out in the East end of Toronto. Starting in 2014, it’s a public art exhibition that receives hundreds of submissions from all around the world. Open to all individuals worldwide, artists are required to submit applications for proposed designs and installations utilizing the lifeguard stations that are scattered along Woodbine Beach.
This year’s theme is “Beyond the Five Senses.” It’s based upon our five senses that we have as humans, and how they interact with one another and overlap with the community, environment, and world. Only four entries are chosen to win each year. Check out these inspiring installations that are currently being showcased along the spectacular beach.
“Kaleidoscope of the Senses”
From Edinburgh, United Kingdom, this is an impressive and dramatic art installation. Artist Charlie Sutherland has incorporated unique sights, sounds, and smells into the design. It effortlessly fits into the atmosphere of the beach and lifeguard station.
“The Beach’s Percussion Ensemble”
From Centennial College here in Toronto, this installation is dominated by unique sounds throughout the structures. Steel drums with metal wind chimes create a peaceful element along the beach.
From Madrid, Spain, this art installation is all about sight. Circling the design, you are able to experience different visual aspects related to the sun shining on the installation and dynamic colours throughout. It creates a vibrant scene along the beach.
Unfortunately due to inclement weather conditions, the fourth art installation had to be removed from the beach in late February. The nature of the design allowed people to physically interact with the art. After some rough actions and high winds, the art was getting scattered along the beach and therefore had to be disassembled. “Noodle Feed” from Vienna, Austria is definitely worth checking out online though.
This international art exhibition runs from February 17th to March 30th. It’s definitely worth it to get out of the busy downtown core for an afternoon in the outdoors. The Toronto Beaches are incredible to visit, even in the winter months. You will not be disappointed!
Visit their website to learn more about Winter Stations 2020.