Winter Stations is a design competition that aims to celebrate Toronto’s winter landscapes and to find a new purpose for waterfront lifeguard stations by turning them into art. Six winners of the International Design Competition participate in Winter Stations project. Every year there is a different theme for the competition. Previous themes, for example, were Catalyst, Riot, and Immigration.
All installations are temporary and will disappear by April 1st when the beach season is about to start. Usually the exhibition covers six lifeguard stands at the beaches and additional two at Woodbine Beach (at its western end bordering Lake Ontario).
This way Toronto waterfront serves as an exhibit site for an open international competition, where dozens of artists, architects, and designers can take part by submitting their proposals for Winter Stations.