Saturday, May 22, 2021

Spring Stations in the Distillery District

Toronto's international architectural design contest has relocated from the water's edge and from around the lifeguard stations along Woodbine and Kew Beaches for 2021. Usually the Winter Station installations are exhibited beginning Family Day in February when the beach is solid ice, however Covid restrictions pushed the event further into spring until the lifeguard stations are required for their intended purpose. In order to show the winning pieces they decided to move them into one of Toronto's greatest neighbourhoods - the historic Distillery District and called them Spring Stations.
The annual Winter Stations competition requires entrants to design temporary art installations built around and incorporating the utilitarian, red lifeguard structures. In this case the lifeguard stations are ignored so you just have to imagine them for 2021. Four winning proposals are chosen for the exhibition with funding provided to build their designs.

Spring Stations started on May 21 and will continue until sometime in late June. There are three within the Distillery District: ARc de Blob, From Small Beginnings and The Epitonium. Just south of the district is the final piece at 33 Parliament Street, sitting in a parking lot: THROBBER. In July ARc de Blob will be placed somewhere in the Beach Village BIA and the installation will become Summer Stations.

ARc de Blob
Design Team: iheartblob: Aleksandra Belitskaja, Ben James and Shaun McCallum
(Austria/UK)

From Small Beginnings
Design Team: Jack Leather and Charlie Leather
(UK)
you can see where the lifeguard station would fit
The Epitonium
Design Team: M. Yengiabad - Shahed M. Yengiabad, Elaheh M. Yengiabad, Alemeh M. Yengiabad and Mojtaba Anoosha
(Iran)

THROBBER
Design Team: Heidundgriess – Alexandra GrieƟ and Jorel Heid
(Germany)

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