Winter Stations 2017: BuoyBuoyBuoy

Lifeguard stands at the Beaches have been transformed into art installations for the third consecutive year. BuoyBuoyBuoy was one of the competition’s winning designs.

‘BuoyBuoyBuoy’ was designed by a team of artists from Toronto.

Today marked the launch of Winter Stations, a public art exhibition in Toronto’s east end. Over 350 designs were submitted from Canada and abroad, but only eight made the winning cut.

I’ve been speaking to the artists who designed BuoyBuoyBuoy – Dakota Wares-TaniDionisios Vriniotis, and Rob Shostak – to find out more about their installation…

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“I think the best part is seeing it enlivened with people interacting with it,” said Wares-Tani.

BuoyBuoyBuoy is made up of hundreds of separate units. Cut into the shape of buoys, each unit is either transparent, opaque or reflective. It took the team two days to put the structure together.

“We wanted people to look at this, experience it and think about their memories of water,” said Shostak.

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FAGUS-WERK

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Until recently, I was ignorant of the fact that there exist a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites close to where I currently live (Lower Saxony, Germany). Fagus Factory, better known as Fagus-Werk, is one of them. Designed by the founder of the Bauhaus School, Walter Gropius, the building was considered unusually modern when it was erected in 1911 because it dismissed traditional forms and instead, considered the need for light, air and clarity.

A timeless example of 21st century architecture, I would not have been surprised if someone had told me the factory was new. The glass and steel windows are, in my opinion, especially stunning. When I visited Fagus-Werk a few weeks ago, I joined a tour and learned that while the windows have recently been restored, the brick structure of the building remains in original condition.

So what kind of goods are produced here exactly?

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Dalí Jewels

As a student of art and design in high school and university, I feel ashamed to admit that until recently, I did not know Dalí also created jewellery. I found out when were travelling in Catalonia last December and decided to visit the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres. After elbowing through hoards of tourists at the main museum, entering the Dalí Jewels exhibition (which is located in a separate building) was a tranquil and fascinating retreat.

Unusual motifs are clearly evident in the jewellery Dalí designed: twisted limbs, florally faces, melted clocks, glittery golden hearts, hot pink lips, clusters of grapes/skulls, etc. I admit that I’m a sucker for freakish concepts when it comes to art. But to be honest, I personally wouldn’t be tempted to actually wear any of this jewellery today. Still, I’d argue that all of these pieces are rather timeless; it’s impressive that Dalí started designing them as early as 1941.

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