Call for Entries: Ice Breakers

After a successful inaugural year, Ice Breakers is returning to Toronto's Waterfront. The Waterfront BIA has again enlisted WinterStations Inc. to bring five temporary, public art installations to various sights between Bathurst St. and Yonge St. for five weeks, commencing February 03, 2018.

Project Sponsor: WinterStations Inc.
WinterStations Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, co-founded, in 2014, by Roland Rom Colthoff (RAW Design Inc. architects), Ted Merrick (Ferris + Associates landscape architects), and Justin Ridgeway (curio, public art consulting). Winter Stations is an award-winning, annual international design competition and exhibition of temporary public art installations affixed to the lifeguard stands along Ashbridges Bay, east to Balmy Beach.

Project Sponsor: The Waterfront Business Improvement Area
The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA), established in 2004, is the voice of the business community. Toronto’s WBIA is a community-driven organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the Waterfront area. The WBIA welcomes 17 million visitors annually with a service area population of 57,121 and growing rapidly. 68% of the area's residents are under the age of 45. Unlike most Toronto BIAs, the Waterfront is both a full-service residential area and a tourist destination, committed to improving the Waterfront area and new pedestrian-friendly promenade. Through marketing and promotion, special events, streetscape enhancement, strategic planning and advocacy initiatives, the WBIA continues to secure its position as one of Toronto’s premier destinations. The Waterfront BIA has been the proud recipient of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) Awards in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 Downtown Merit Award from the International Downtown Association (IDA) and the Award of Distinction from the 2016 BIA National Conference Awards.

For Ice Breaker's second year the theme is "Constellation". This can be interpreted in various ways, but we are hoping to see work that is challenging, while also accessible, reminding the public that public art can be fun and engaging. Artists may choose to converse with the winter constellations of the Northern Hemisphere, playing with astrology, mythology, history and with stellar form and earthly representation.
As always, the intention is to bring colour, warmth and activity to the water's edge, inviting people out of their buildings to take a winter walk along the waterfront and appreciate the unique Toronto landscape at this time of year.

Public Art Opportunity
WinterStations Inc. is asking Artists to develop temporary public art installations for Ice Breakers 2018. Five locations are available, representing five public art opportunities.
These locations have been selected in collaboration with The Waterfront BIA, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the Harbourfront Centre after identifying sites with high visibility, pedestrian traffic, limited constraints, as well as other attributes, such as photograph opportunities and relative proximity to transit, residents and the other artwork locations.


  • Location 1 - We Brew Cafe. Ontario Square, located at 235 Queens Quay West, is an outdoor venue and part of the Harbour Front Centre. To the east of the square is Exhibition Common. The specific artwork location is on the flat turf surface in front of the We Brew Cafe near the northern edge of the Common.
  • Location 2 - Simcoe Wave Deck. Located at 243 Queens Quay West, the Simcoe Wave deck is an urban landscape feature, including a 2.6 metre tall curve. Its western portion provides a relatively flat area for an installation.
  • Location 3 - HTO Park East. Site Three is located at 339 Queens Quay West, on the former Peter Street Slip, a location central to the Ice Breakers exhibition. Specifically, the site is the triangular sand beach under the umbrellas, within the park, along the shoreline. It lies in close visual proximity to the island airport and is almost on the water's edge. The public will have access to the area, allowing for both visual and physical interaction with the installation.
  • Location 4 - Peter Street Basin/Maple Leaf Quay. Maple Leaf Quay is located at 370 Queens Quay West. The artwork site is the northern side of the bridge spanning the basin, and includes set-back promontories on either side of the bridge.
  • Location 5 - HTO Park West. Site One is located at 339 Queens Quay West, the eastern portion of Maple Leaf Quay, a location central to the Ice Breakers exhibition. Specifically, the site is the triangular sand beach under the umbrellas, within the park, along the shoreline. It lies in close visual proximity to the island airport and is almost on the water's edge. The public will have access to the area, allowing for both visual and physical interaction with the installation. Note: the umbrellas remain throughout the year.

General Site Notes and Constraints
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation has not identified any constraints at this time, but will be consulted throughout the design development process. Snow will not be removed during the winter within this area.

There will be no Electricity, water or plumbing to the sites. Solar Power is not allowed due to possibility of vandalism. Fire cannot be part of the submission.

Concepts may either be singular in nature or dispersed as a series of objects. In all circumstances, artwork should not impeded pedestrian traffic or cause potential injury.

Concept Proposal Submission
The entries must be submitted electronically as three separate PDF files not exceeding 7MB each.

Each entry must contain, in order, the following documents (in English):

Registration Form (electronic)

Page One - 11 x 17" (279mm x 432mm) - Project Summary

  • 1 page maximum
  • A maximum of 150 word text describing the project and presenting the experience offered by the visitors
  • Layout of selected images and drawings describing the project.

Page Two - 11 x 17" (279mm x 432mm) - Images and Drawings

  • 1 page maximum
  • 4 main views or elevations of the installation indicating size and specification of materials. Entrant is free to choose the scale.
  • A perspective showing the design in its entirety.
  • Rough-order-of-magnitude cost for artwork installation;

Page Three - 8.5 x 11" (216mm x 279mm) - Team Information

  • Four (4) pages maximum
  • Design team member names, with brief CV for each.
  • A 100 word description of the team, highlighting its strength.
  • Name, location and date of recent publications, projects, or exhibitions.
  • Images of selected projects for which team members have been responsible, followed with a brief description.

Each document must include the Name of the project however there must be no information on page one or two of the design proposal that would identify the entrant. Note that Team Information (Page 3) will be withheld from the Jury until after their deliberation.

Apart from page 3, only single-page PDFs will be accepted.

Note that each proposal must clearly identify which of the 5 sites the installation is to be located in.


  • Competition Launch August 25, 2017
  • Artist Development + Questions September 2017
  • End of Question Period September 15, 2017
  • Proposals Due October 13, 2017
  • Jury Meets October 19, 2017
  • Costing and Consultation to begin October 25, 2017
  • Winners Announced November 8, 2017
  • Construction + Consultation to begin November 10, 2017
  • Begin Installation January 25, 2018
  • Opening February 01, 2018
  • Ice Breakers 2018 Concludes March 18, 2018

The budget for the installation, including design, supply, installation and removal is: $18,000.00 CAD. The budget is allocated as follows:

  • Design Fee - $3,500.00 CAD
  • Artist Travel and Expenses - $1,500.00 CAD if applicable.
  • Fabrication, Delivery, Installation and Removal - $13,000.00 CAD (includes HST)
  • The budget will be controlled with funds held and disbursed by WinterStations Inc.

Supply, Install, Fabrication
A General Contractor under the direction of WinterStations will be responsible for consultation, fabrication, installation and removal. The Artist will be expected, and can expect, to coordinate with the supplier through all phases of project execution, including design development, fabrication, and installation and commissioning. WinterStations Inc. will be involved in the coordination of the design, supply, delivery, installation and removal of the installations and ensure compliance with local building codes, as well as the artistic intent of the installations and the project.

The Artist will provide drawings, materials specifications and other materials of detail sufficient to construct the artwork. The Artist can expect to review and comment on the progress of the fabrication of their artwork, including installation and commissioning.

The project Sponsors and their sub-contractors will provide project specific general commercial liability insurance for the installations throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Copyright in the Artwork shall continue to be owned by the Artist. In view of the intention that the Artwork in its final dimensions and composition be unique, the Artist shall not make any duplicate reproductions of the Artwork. For archival purposes, the Sponsors will keep any submitted drawings, plans and compositions and will not reproduce in whole or sell them. Nothing in this Agreement shall, however, prevent the Artist from making other works of art that are materially different than the Artwork using combinations of the same materials and in different configurations.

The Artist agrees that the Sponsors shall have the right and license to reproduce in printed two dimensional form images of the Artwork or working drawings on non-commercial and commercial documents and brochures advertising or promoting the Project or Sponsors and on the Sponsors' website. Such reproductions of the Artwork shall be deemed to not constitute a breach of copyright in any way and no royalty fee shall be due or payable to the Artist by the Sponsors or their affiliates and/or related entities or any subsequent owner of the Artwork for such use. The Sponsors shall, where reasonably possible, use its best efforts to give reference to the name of the Artist on such reproductions and use of the images of the Artwork for publicity and promotion. Third parties approaching the Sponsors for permission to use an image of the Artwork will be referred by the Sponsors to the Artist.

The Artist grants full permission for exhibition rights in perpetuity to the Sponsors and any of its successors or assigns, limited to the current installation and agrees that the display of the Artwork at the Installation Site in no way constitutes a breach of any exhibition rights, which may exist under the Copyright Act.

The Artist agrees that the use of the Artwork as is envisaged in this Agreement in no way interferes with or violates any moral rights of the Artist related to the Artwork and Sponsor agrees to use its best efforts to protect and conserve the Artwork’s aesthetic integrity and will at all times respect the Artist's moral rights in the Artwork.

The Artist warrants and represents that the Artwork is original to the Artist and does not violate any copyright of any other person or entity. The Artist shall indemnify the Sponsors against any loss, cost or expense suffered as a breach of this representation and warranty.

Non-Canadian artists, should they be awarded this contract, are responsible to submit an application waiver for withholding tax, for artist fees, on work done in Canada to the Canada Revenue Agency. If a waiver is not obtained 6 months before the installation date, the City of Toronto is required to withhold 15% of the total artist fees, for work done in Canada, in order to release the artist's final payment.

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "Call for Entries: Ice Breakers" 12 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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