‘Cool Gardens’ Summer Exhibit to Mirror Warming Huts

TILT - Cool Gardens
TILT, one of the Cool Gardens exhibits returning this year. (HANDOUT)

A summer architectural exhibit will mirror the success of the city’s warming huts, but on a much different scale.

The third annual Cool Gardens festival will be launching its inaugural competition this year in downtown Winnipeg. The exhibit celebrates contemporary garden culture and the local landscape, offering the public pleasant areas to enjoy as they seek relief from the heat.

“Mirroring the success of the warming huts, we are expanding our reach internationally this year to attract entrants from around the world,” said David Penner, StorefrontMB executive director and Cool Gardens co-curator.

Three new garden installations will be selected by competition while some popular installations from previous years will be remounted, including Beachscape (SPMB) and Cool Dots (Eva Tarsia). In addition, La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones will be curating a ‘Sonic Landscape.’

Competitors can register for the 2015 competition until December 8, which is aimed at attracting local, national, and internationally acclaimed designers, architects, landscape architects and artists.

The Cool Gardens exhibition takes place from July 4 to September 26, 2015 with installations running from Broadway Avenue to Provencher Boulevard.