8 Reimagined Lifeguard Stands Revive Toronto’s Wintry Waterfront
Eight sculptures have popped up along the Lake Ontario waterfront in Toronto as part of the third annual Winter Stations design competition. Established by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates, and Curio, the competition repurposes lifeguard stands along Toronto’s waterfront as large-scale sculptures, giving them a second life during winter. This year’s theme, Catalyst, asked each proposal to challenge notions of the shoreline, and pay particular attention to materials such as sand, water, and plastic.
View the winning entries below:
Transporting visitors to an imagined forest, North suspends 41 fir trees in midair to create a vibrant canopy along the shoreline.
In an ode to the Japanese hot spring, I See You Ashiyu provides a communal space where visitors can dip their feet into warm waters.
Collective Memory is constructed from two translucent walls of bottles, a universal symbol of lost messages. The vessels, filled with anonymous narratives, invite shared reflection and storytelling.
Multiple buoy-like components combine to create BuoyBuoyBuoy, which shrouds the lifeguard station in refracted light.
Recreating the archetypal lighthouse in lifeguard-stand proportions, the aged wood–clad structure will serve as a temporary drop-off location for donated food and clothes.
Through a 20-foot structure of gridded cages, Flotsam and Jetsam reveals the detriments of plastic consumption on the planet’s aquatic biodiversity.
A curvilinear structure of mirrored monoliths, the Illusory distorts proportions up close and appears incognito from afar.
Midwinter Fire is a winter forest that juxtaposes Southern Ontario’s natural vegetation with the waterfront’s wintry landscape.