The handful of winning submissions were the lucky few from nearly 180 local, national and international entries by artists and architecture groups.
“The Warming Huts competition continues to gain traction on an international level and bring fantastic art and architecture to Winnipeg,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corporation.
“The level of creativity is outstanding — this years’ selections are extremely representative of this environment at The Forks — a bison, a giant look-out tower which really highlights the vast, prairie landscape, and a big tree trunk reminiscent of the driftwood and logs we see floating down the river as it melts each spring.”
Celebrated Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin was invited to create a hut called “Temple of Lost Things,” located on the Red River by Queen Elizabeth Way.
It features several “memory” columns made of ice, supporting a mesh screen where projection art and performances will take place, surrounded by many sculpted ice benches.
Huts from Mexico, Estonia and Vancouver are three of the other entries. Teams from the University of Manitoba and Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute have also created structures.
Once completed, the huts will be carried down to the Red River Mutual Trail by early next week. They will join 2017 winners and other famous huts from seasons’ past.