Storefront Manitoba launches 7th annual Cool Gardens Exhibition

Two new installations feature alongside three gardens remounted from previous years.

Storefront Manitoba is launching its 7th annual Cool Gardens Exhibition featuring installations throughout Downtown Winnipeg. Cool Gardens 2021 will include the remounting of three gardens displayed in previous years at the Forks along with two new installations.

Two new gardens feature in the 2021 edition.

This year’s new installations for Cool Gardens 2021 are:

ReTreeWPG, Various locations in downtown Winnipeg 

by 5468796 Architecture Inc.


RetreeWPG aims to bring awareness to Winnipeg’s declining tree canopy. Throughout the city, green and yellow abstract tree shapes have been formed with tree flagging tape. The bold colourful triangles will contrast the urban environment, drawing attention to the need to grow and maintain our city’s tree canopy.


A series of local businesses including MAKE Coffee + Stuff, Parlour Coffee, Nonsuch Brewing Company, Bijou Patio, The Forks, and Blue Note Park will be participating and displaying these green and yellow tree forms. Starting on July 29th, these businesses will also provide pick-up locations for free tree kits available to the public as a collective call to action. The kits include a young tree to be planted as well as a tape kit for individuals to make their own triangular installation.


Masked Conversations, The Forks (MTYP)

by Chukwuebuka Idafum, Kenyo Musa, and Victor Odusanya,

Environmental Design students from the University of Manitoba


Masked Conversations is the winner of the 2021 Cool Gardens Student Competition. The design responds to the context of the site: a “theatre”, as a place where a play is staged, and a relationship between the audience and the performance is established. This playful sculpture garden represents “the cast”, which tells an evocative story through different facial expressions. The project creates an obscured conversation between the audience and the cast. Masked Conversations will be unveiled in early August 2021.

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