The annual international design competition at The Beaches is returning this February and this year’s winners have been revealed. Winter Stations will run for six weeks straight and will showcase the six winning projects along the shoreline starting Family Day weekend.
The theme of this year’s competition was resilience, or ” the ability to withstand adversity and recover from difficulties.”
There’s no fee to enter the competition and entries from around the world are accepted — to date, artists from over 90 countries have submitted their work.
As part of the competition, artists are asked to reimagine and repurpose the lifeguard stations that stand on the sand of Toronto’s beaches. This year’s winners took their creativity to new heights, transforming the lifeguard towers into northern cardinal birds, isolation pavilions, bee hives, and more.
The artists took inspiration from many aspects of our way of life amid the pandemic, from the rise of everything virtual to quarantine to communities working together like colonies of honey bees.
There’s even an entire installation dedicated to the resilience of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, a large orange structure to symbolize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
Winter Stations is a popular attraction during the colder months and these displays will likely draw many visitors. You’ll be able to see them from February 21st to March 31st at Toronto’s Woodbine Beach.