You know those warming huts you duck into on the Assiniboine River Trail? They’re getting an upgrade.
Architects from Winnipeg and throughout the world are being paired with artists to create and construct their individual warming huts. $9,000 was provided for the project, which is part of “The Warming Hut: An Art +Architecture Exposition on Ice.”
“This event is really intended to showcase art and architecture in a setting that is otherwise reserved for the mundane and practical,” said Peter Hargraves of Sputnik Architecture, one of the organizers of the event. “It’s an intentional exploration of human experiences. In the same way we feel cold and warmth these huts are meant evoke feelings and create dialogue.”
The event coincides with Manitoba Homecoming 2010, which organizers say is a perfect fit.
Pre-fabrication work is to begin on January 25 at The Forks. The area around the Canopy will house the structures as they are finished from January 28 to 30.