Now that spring has sprung and the clocks have been turned forward, we can reminisce about the season that was. The second annual Winter Stations was an imaginative and vibrant exhibition aimed at recharging Toronto’s hibernating east end beaches throughout the long winter months that are now thankfully behind us.
Across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches, thirteen lifeguard stands were transformed through the creative minds of designers, artists and students. These structures stood face-to-face with the public, offering a substitution for conventional, singular-use structures. These reimagined stations, served as flexible and abstruse structures that could be explored and interpreted in new and exciting ways.
Despite the negative windchill, the Winter Stations drew in active crowds of people of all ages who engaged in other activities such as kite flying, frisbee, dog walking, sitting around the campfire, and running along the boardwalk. The contrast of parkas and having fun in the sand is perhaps not a typical scene of Toronto winter landscapes, yet it appeared one would never know any different when observing it in its energized state as a hub for activity and playful landscape.
Sadly, the exhibition ended this past weekend on Sunday March 20th, so make sure you check it next year while you’re contemplating another round of shoveling and bundling up against the wind.
Images by Michi McCloskey
Michi McCloskey is an aspiring urban planner with an interest in community design and urban renewal/redevelopment projects. She graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning before attending the post-graduate Interdisciplinary Design Strategies program at the Institute without Boundaries. Michi grew up near Mansfield, Ontario, and is drawn to rural environments and the promotion of physical activity and exploration of the natural environment.