"Ice Breakers" Exhibition to Bring Wintertime Art Installations to Toronto's Waterfront

"Ice Breakers" Exhibition to Bring Wintertime Art Installations to Toronto's Waterfront

Between January 21st and February 26th, five wintertime art installations will enliven Toronto's waterfront on Queens Quay West. In a collaboration between Winter Stations and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area, the "Ice Breakers" exhibition was created "to inspire exploration of the urban Waterfront in the colder months."

"The Waterfront is one of Toronto’s busiest communities in the summertime but, like The Beach, it can be under-appreciated as temperatures drop," explains Roland Rom Colthoff, principle at RAW design and a Winter Stations co-founder. "Like Winter Stations, Ice Breakers is an interactive celebration of public art. We want to nudge Torontonians back outside and inspire them to keep engaging with the city."

The five installations will be on display at Harbourfront Centre, HTO Park, Rees Street Parkette, Peter Street Basin, and the Music Garden East. Read on to see all five proposals.

Leeward Fleet / RAW (Canada Square, Harbourfront Centre)

Leeward Fleet / RAW. Image Courtesy of Ice Breakers

Celebrating Toronto’s rich harbour history, design studio RAW introduces three pivoting structures to Canada Square. Inspired by ice and sailboat technology, enamel masts hold up brightly coloured sails, each of which serve as sculptural references to the days prior to ferry transportation.

ICEBOX / Polymetis (HTO Park)

ICEBOX / Polymetis. Image Courtesy of Ice Breakers

The Canadian winter is a landscape of contrasts: between empty blank whiteness and things not fully shrouded in snow and ice; between the (more-or-less) static physical world and the temporal surfaces of frozen water that accumulate and dissipate over it; between being inside, in the warmth, and being outside, in the cold. "ICEBOX" seeks to manifest these contrasts and provide space for introspection, social interaction, and shared appreciation of winter.

Winter Diamonds / Platant (Music Garden East)

Winter Diamonds / Platant. Image Courtesy of Ice Breakers

The shimmering lights emitted from "White Diamonds" attract contemplation of these fragile, yet solid structures. The viewer is invited to engage with a poetic and dreamy focal point, in a vast winter landscape.

Incognito / Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait (Rees Street Parkette)

Incognito / Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait. Image Courtesy of Ice Breakers

Using architectural massing models as the inspiration for the structures, "Incognito" explores what happens when you make the City’s architectural interventions invisible. Adopting the same camouflaging technology used by warships, the wintery environment will render the installation truly incognito, shaping the public’s interaction with the piece.

Tailored Twins / Ferris + Associates (Peter Street Basin)

Tailored Twins / Ferris + Associates. Image Courtesy of Ice Breakers

A set of faceted wooden hands rise three metres from the lookouts at the Peter Street Basin. Their gold-mirror palms bath the basin in a warm sun-like glow.

Project descriptions via Ice Breakers.

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Cite: ""Ice Breakers" Exhibition to Bring Wintertime Art Installations to Toronto's Waterfront" 11 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/801259/ice-breakers-exhibition-to-bring-wintertime-art-installations-to-torontos-waterfront> ISSN 0719-8884

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