WINNIPEG — Another sign that this above seasonal fall weather can’t last forever, The Forks has unveiled their selections for this year’s warming hut competition.
Nearly 100 entries from across the globe were sent in this year, giving the blind jury the task of narrowing down the list to a lucky few.
The Forks has also invited world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor to build a hut called “Stackhouse.” One of the London-based artist’s notable large-scale public projects is Cloud Gate, featured in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
“The Warming Huts competition continues to gain the attention on the world stage and bring great art and architecture to Winnipeg,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corporation.
“This is evidenced by our outstanding invited artist for this year.”
The winners of Warming Huts v.2017 are:
Ice Lantern, designed by Lisa Tondino, Alexandra Bolen, Mathew Rodrigues, Drew Klassen from Nova Scotia.
Open Border by Joyce de Grauw & Paul van den Berg from Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Greetings from Bubble Beach by Team 888 from Chicago, IL.
The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture will also be designing a hut, as well as students from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate.
Construction of the huts will begin in early January with plans to move them onto the ice by the end of that month. New huts will join some favourites displayed in previous years and stored at The Forks year-round.
In a related announcement, The Forks revealed RAW:almond, the popular on-ice river restaurant, would be returning for another year. Warm temperatures forced the restaurant to operate on land last year, but if all goes to plan weather-wise, RAW:almond will return to its original frozen base by January.