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Design competition ‘Winter Stations’ open at Woodbine Beach

Winter Stations 2020 installed along Woodbine Beach
WATCH: To kick off Family Day—The 2020 Winter Stations at Woodbine Beach are complete and adding a much needed pop of colour in the middle of February.

For the past six years in the middle of winter, the design competition called “Winter Stations” has brought a “pop” of public art to The Beaches.

This year, four designs out of 273 submissions were selected by the Winter Stations design jury.

The theme for 2020 is “Beyond the Five Senses.” Organizers raised enough funds to feature four international installations.

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“We collect money and we build as many stations as we can afford,” said Aaron Hendershott, organizer of the not-for-profit “Winter Stations”

“Mirage” by Christina Vega and Pablo Losa features a large circular structure designed to mimic the movements of the sun.

Winter Stations are open at Woodbine Beach in Toronto
Winter Stations are open at Woodbine Beach in Toronto
Winter Stations are open at Woodbine Beach in Toronto
Winter Stations are open at Woodbine Beach in Toronto Melanie Zettler/Global News

“Kaleidoscope of the Senses” incorporates the existing lifeguard chair on the beach —-inviting visitors to hear, smell and touch.

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“The Beach’s Percussion Ensemble” by students at Centennial College, consists of three structures— formed from a series of stacked, wooden, rectangular prisms — including steel drums and bells.

“Noodle Feed” by iheartblob is another interactive work which allows visitors to physically move the “noodle” to create unique shapes.

Beaches – East York councillor Brad Bradford was one of the jurors who selected the winning submissions.

“I like the stations that are bright and full of colour and really draw attention to the beach,” he said.

Winter Stations will remain along Woodbine Beach until March 30, 2020.