Feeling hut, hut, hut
An art and architecture competition that benefits ice skaters
Winnipeg isn’t an obvious city for a world-class design competition, and winter isn’t the most hospitable season, but the winners of the Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice have been setting up their installations along parts of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers every January since 2009. The competition receives entries from around the globe — the 100 this year came from as far away as China and Australia — which are evaluated by a blind jury. Three winning warming huts that best “push the envelope of design, craft and art” are then constructed along the Red River Mutual Trail in a weeklong building blitz for ice skaters to enjoy until the end of the skating season. The 2017 winners are: Ice Lantern designed by a four-person team from Nova Scotia; Open Border by a pair from Rotterdam, Netherlands and Greetings from Bubble Beach from Chicago, IL. This year’s invited submission comes from British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor best known for Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park. warminghuts.com.
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