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Winter Stations to transform three local beaches into outdoor art galleries in Feb.

Eight designs have been chosen to be wrought into reality as temporary transformational art projects incorporating lifeguard stands on three east TO beaches as part of the third annual Winter Stations design contest.

One of the designs that will be built this year is mirrored spiral “Aurora” as seen in concept drawing at left

One of the designs that will be built this year is mirrored spiral “Aurora” as seen in this concept drawing.

Following their Feb. 13-19 construction by teams of artists, the fanciful creations will remain as interactive installations to inspire or confound us until March 27. They’ll be located on Scarborough, Balmy and Kew beaches.

Hundreds of artists from all over the world submitted designs, working to a theme of “catalyst”. Five winners, who will receive up to $15,000 to build their concepts, were chosen to augment three by Ontario university students that were pre-approved.

One of the designs that will be built this year is “Flotsam and Jetsam” which will be made of castoff plastics as seen in concept drawing.

One of the designs that will be built this year is “Flotsam and Jetsam” which will be made of castoff plastics as seen in concept drawing.

Set up by three architectural/design firms in 2015, the competition aims to encourage TO residents to enjoy their beaches in the winter and in past years included constructions such as a fur-lined globe, a transparent sauna and a steam-emitting canoe.

Pics of the finished works next issue!

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