Continuing on the trend of free outdoor art events, I decided to check out Winter Stations this week, which is back for a third year! Winter Stations transforms lifeguard stations into beautiful pieces of art. For the most part, the lifeguard stations serve as a support system that allows the art pieces to withstand the cold and wintery months in Toronto.
If you like art, people watching and (in my case) dog watching, I highly recommend that you give this event a go. Winter Stations is going on until March 27th!
Collective Memory by Mario Garcia and Andrea Govi.
The plaque in front of this installation states that by 2031, nearly one half of the Canadian population under 15 years of age will either be foreign born or the child of a migrant parent. This piece is a “terminal of interconnected stories.” Each individual story is placed into a bottle, with hundreds of recycled glass bottles making up the installation itself.
I’m a child of immigrants from Poland and my partner immigrated from Russia five years ago, so we both appreciated this piece and took the time to write about our stories and put them into a bottle. Although finding an empty bottle meant reaching up high!
The Beacon is a structure resembling a light house that is built out of wood. It’s purpose is to inflict a nostalgic response from The Beaches community. It also serves as a drop-off point for non-perishable food items and clothes.
The North was a wonderful experience. There are fir trees suspended which are meant to symbolize the great north above us. The trees sway in the breeze along with the waves. The trees are also extremely fragrant, so standing underneath this installation and taking a deep breath was wonderful.
BuoyBuoyBuoy by Dionisios Vriniotis, Rob Shostak, Dakota Wares-Tani, and Julie Forand. Meant to be a play on the buoy, which marks hazards in open water. The piece takes the form of a reflective cloud or a fog around the lifeguard station. The piece made light dance along the beach and changes your perception of your surroundings as you peek through the holes.
From afar, The Illusory is meant to be difficult to see, blending into it’s surroundings because of its mirrored surface. I enjoyed this piece because it worked well to distort your own reflection as well as your surroundings as you paced through the circle. It also reminded me of the various fences set up around beaches throughout the winter that help keep debris out of the sand and water.
It’s not a blurry photo! This is how Flotsam and Jetsam appears from afar. It is meant to draw the viewer in, but upon closer inspection the viewer sees the piece for what it is – a giant tower of plastic. The towering sculpture evokes thoughts on the effects of plastic consumption on aquatic life and biodiversity.
I would have never dreamed of going to the beach in March, but I have to say that I really enjoyed my time today as did many of the people around me. It was a great atmosphere and I was left with a camera full of amazing photos and ready for a good night’s sleep after trudging through all of the sand in my winter boots.