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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Homebound for the hols

I’m flying home for the hols tomorrow, and this time, it isn’t a surprise (three years ago, I showed up at my parents’ doorstep at 2 am in the middle of a snowstorm). Though I’m looking forward to it, I wish I were as ecstatic as I usually am when I go home, especially since I only see all my fam and friends on average once a year. But I’ve had a lot on my mind these past few months.

One Year Ago Today

How has the course and student life in general been going? And what’s the plan after the course ends in a few months?

People always say that time flies. But when I reflect back on the past year, I don’t feel time has flown. I had anticipated studying on the International Journalism MA course so much so, that once it actually started, I savoured every moment of it. And now, here we are with less than two weeks left of classes (all of which are held in the building pictured above, by the way).

2016 US Election: Americans in Cardiff

What is it like for Americans in Cardiff watching the US presidential primary election from across the pond? Republican candidate Donald Trump has been all over the news, but he’s also been on the minds of some Americans abroad.

It’s a long way to the White House and choosing the next president of the United States isn’t simple. Though the general election – where ballots are cast for the next president of America – isn’t until 8 November, the voting going on right now is for the nomination of one candidate to represent each of America’s main political parties: one Democrat and one Republican.

Two Democrats and four Republicans are currently competing in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. This summer, only one Democrat and one Republican candidate will emerge. The two will continue campaigning throughout the fall until the general election.

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Couch to 5k Cardiff

Grangetown local Daniel Allsopp will start training his fourth Couch to 5k group next Monday. He runs the five-week program solely on donations to charity out of a passion for active, healthy lifestyles at a time when obesity rates in the UK are on the rise. 

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“If you commit to the program, you’ll progress.” – Daniel Allsopp

 

Sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and will start and end at the Cardiff International Pool car park. Though the program is aimed at beginners, all are welcome. Those who are interested in signing up may do so by contacting Daniel Allsopp directly. A one-off donation of £10 to the Dreams and Wishes charity confirms one’s spot.

Citizens such as Allsopp are doing their part in helping to tackle the obesity crisis in Britain. Twenty-nine percent of people in the UK are obese and treating the consequences of obesity costs the NHS about £5bn per year.

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