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‘Cool Gardens’ Art Installation Back for a Fourth Summer

June 24, 2016 12:59 PM | Entertainment

The Wheat Lookout

‘The Wheat Lookout’ is on display at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon as part of the fourth annual Cool Gardens exhibition. (HANDOUT)

A seasonal outdoor art installation is back for a fourth year at locations across Winnipeg and one in Brandon.

Cool Gardens launched Friday and will offer Manitobans areas to cool off from the summer heat.

Nine gardens are part of this year’s installation, running until September 18.

“We’ve had such a great response to Cool Gardens over the past three years,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks.

“We’ve seen kids running through citizen garden, people interacting on the beach, and playing among the Cool Dots. The whole collaboration really balances the idea of a four-season site that can engage people in both art and architecture year round.”

New this year is “Big Red” by Saskatchewan-based OPEN Design & Winnipeg’s Mark Bauche, “2°” by Victoria-based LADR Landscape Architecture, “The Wheat Lookout” by architecture and landscape architecture students Matt Hagen and Brydget Lewicki, and “A Blanket A Day” by internationally acclaimed artist Micah Lexier.

A number of designs are also returning this year, including “Le Rendez-Vous” by internationally recognized artist Rodney LaTourelle from Berlin, “Citizen Garden” by In The Middle, “Cure de Ville” by Franco-Manitoban designer Janelle Tougas, and “Cool Dots” by artist Ewa Tarsia.

Cool Gardens is presented by StorefrontMB, The Forks and La Maison des artistes.

Installations are on display at The Forks, St. Boniface, Waterfront Drive and the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon.

To see all the designs and their locations, visit CoolGardens.ca.