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Four of the Cool Gardens exhibits are at The Forks.

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Four of the Cool Gardens exhibits are at The Forks.

Cool Gardens are back in Winnipeg, and just in time for an extended stretch of warm weather.

A total of seven contemporary garden and art installations, all designed with the sense of "cooling" during the summer, make up this year’s Cool Gardens 2014 exhibition. The project features stops from the VIA Station on Main Street through The Forks to Provencher Boulevard.

The project, which is intended to mirror the annual river trail warming huts showcase, brings together architects, designers, artists and landscape architects, all combining to put together contemporary gardens for public viewing.

Four of the exhibits will be on The Forks site. Those gardens include the Blue Stick project (the brainchild of a Montreal firm), as well as three Winnipeg-based projects: TILT, Cool Dot and Beachscape.

"We had such a great response to Cool Gardens in 2013," The Forks chief executive officer Paul Jordan said in a release. "We saw people interacting on the beach, take their wedding photos in Blue Stick, take aerial shots of TILT and play among the Cool Dots. The whole collaboration really balances the idea of a four-season site that can engage people in both art and architecture year round."

The three other exhibits — Un Cadavre Exquis, Zipper Sticks and In Memoriam — are located at la Maison des Artists Visuels Francophones.

Cool Gardens 2014 runs from now to Sept. 28.

For images of the installations, click here.

 

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