Call for entries to the 2015 Cool Gardens competition

Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks. The exhibition takes place in Winnipeg from July 4th to September 26th, 2015 and will feature locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and practitioners in the Winnipeg context, highlighting the value of art and design in public space.

Established as a central Canadian counterpart to the Reford/Jardins de Métis concept that celebrates the interface between nature, art, urbanism and design, Cool Gardens has existed in Winnipeg for the past two years, with 2015 marking the third annual event. Past exhibitors include BGL, SPMB, Sol Desharnais, Scatliff+Miller+Murray, Ewa Tarsia, ATLRG, and Claude Cormier (providing a visiting garden from the Jardins de Métis).

Cool Gardens also mirrors Winnipegs internationally acclaimed Warming Huts Winter Program. Installations will run from Broadway Avenue to Provencher Boulevard, highlighting this generally unrecognized pedestrian linkage that bridges the Anglophone and Francophone communities. Installations along this axis provide an engaging, creative and active experience of downtown Winnipeg, and is highly accessible to a broad audience including children, tourists, shoppers, bicyclists and business people.

The 2015 Cool Gardens competition seeks creative proposals from designers, architects, landscape architects and/or artists who are interested in challenging and celebrating the interface between urbanism, landscape and design. The exhibit of cutting-edge garden designs places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg, and at the same time, offers pleasant cooling relief from the relentless heat of the season.

In addition to three new gardens selected by competition, Cool Gardens 2015 will include an invited garden by internationally recognized visual artists Rodney Latourelle and Louise Witthöft, a sonic landscape curated by La Maison des Artistes, as well as the remounting of two previous gardens: Beachscape (SPMB) and Cool Dots (Eva Tarsia).

For more detailed information, please visit Engage the urban design culture of downtown Winnipeg, and register by December 8, 2014.