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The site of the former Hudson’s Bay Co. fort in Winnipeg will feature a splash of colour this summer after a blue-hued outdoor art installation is in place.
The Weave, a fabric art concept created by landscape architects Rachelle Kirouac and Danielle Loeb of HTFC Planning & Design, will be installed at the Upper Fort Garry Park on Main Street. It is one of the two winning entries of the fifth annual Cool Gardens, which is the warm-weather version of the skating-trail warming huts competition.
The artwork, which is made like a net, will feature a hammock that people can swing on and a lower net that people can use to lounge in the sun.
The creators said in a statement the artwork is at a site that "was once a gathering space and the birthplace of Winnipeg’s urban fabric" and it will bring people together "to explore the woven fabric of the installation and Winnipeg’s historical past."
The other winning art installation, Kaleido(scape), produced by Vancouver landscape architect interns Justin Benjamin and Vanessa Goldgrub, will be set up at Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre.
Winnipeg architect David Penner, the curator of Cool Gardens, said a jury selected the two winning entries from 40 submissions. He said they will be in place from early July to late September.
Cool Gardens "is an opportunity to bring a design into the public spaces in a way that people could re-imagine a landscape and a way the could engage with a design physically," Penner said.
"It brings high-quality design into the public realm."
Jury member Sara Stasiuk, vice-president-finance of The Forks North Portage, said she looks forward to seeing The Weave.
"It’s bright in colour so people will notice it," Stasiuk said. "I think people driving on Main Street will pull over and then get out to see it."
Penner said each of the teams have a $10,000 budget to produce the pieces.
Cool Gardens is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, The Forks and StorefrontMB.
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