Now You have reasons to arrive in Toronto! What the reasone? A Giant Red Bear, Black Bamboo Jungle, Winter FanFare, Root Cabin! No, we are not wrong, just IceBreakers, the Waterfront BIA’s  now-annual exhibition of amazing lakeside art, started with five large-scale installations — on display between York and Spadina, and will be continued until February 25. Here, each person can not only stare “figures” and make a photo, but also find itself inside exhibits! Read on below!

Installation by  João Araújo Sousa and Joana Correia Silva

Funny and Red Bear (nowadays, everything is possible!)

The installation made by Tanya Goertzen of People Places (Calgary, Canada). “Teddy Bear” was set in HTO Park West and was an allusion to the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major). It’s made from molded fibreglass, covered in a soft, fleecy material. Tanya wants viewers to imagine what it’s like to be a bear, “For us to do something, we need to have empathy.” But another Tanya‘s purpose is to create something inviting and playful — something adults and children would want to get close to.

 Bamboo Jungle

“Canadian Jungle” is Bennet Marburger and Ji Zhang‘s creation of 2408 Studio (Hangzhou Shi, China). the work, near the Harbourfront Centre, the work is made from bamboo that’s been painted black. The artists want viewers to use and interpret it as they please: observe from a distance, walk inside and feel the space, climb on top of it. The creators said, “Others might see it as a jungle gym or a look out-tower. Everybody can make up their own mind.”

“Summer in February” (concept and style)

This picturesque installation was crested by Thena Tak (Vancouver, Canada). HTO Park’s bright, extraordinary things is meant to accent the importance of every star in a constellation. What did Thena aim? “I wanted people to be able to move through the installation and sit down on it. There is no prescribed way to interact with the piece. The intent was to welcome people to create their own experience.”

Root Cabin

Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson of Public City Architecture (Winnipeg, Canada) decided to make… “Root Cabin”! The artists sourced 36 cedar roots from a plot of land near Georgian Bay for creation of the installation. This work is a hybrid of two iconic forms found around Ontario: the log cabin and the root fence, borders made from tree roots. “We love traditional dwellings and are amazed with the things people can make from the land,” says Sampson.

“Portal between worlds”

“Music” turns into something new and incredible! João Araújo Sousa and Joana Correia Silva of JJs Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal) were ijmpressed by the constellation Lyra, that is why chose to depict a bird carrying a lyre, for their installation in the Toronto Music Garden, a labyrinth of 350 pipes that chime in the wind and when plucked by spectators. “Music is a great way to make people come together and explore their creativity,” said Joanna. “We’re hoping to bring more life to the Music Garden and show that, even in the winter, public art can be fun and engaging.”

We, UsaARTnewS, recommend to visit to Toronto for the hilarious and unforgettable exhibition! We remember that the “constellation of installations” will be opened until February 25!

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