Discover, explore and engage as five interactive public art installations break through Queens Quay West this winter.

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Ice Breakers 2018 – public relations

Press Release –  Ice Breakers presented by PortsToronto returns to Toronto’s urban waterfront for winter 2019

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ICE BREAKERS 2017 | winners

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2018 WINNER | THROUGH THE EYES OF THE BEAR by Tanya Goertzen of People Places (Calgary, Canada)  HTO Park: Inspired by Ursa Major or the Great Bear constellation, this installation uses renewable, recyclable and compostable materials to ask visitors to consider how humans interact with nature, or to see the world ‘through the eyes of a bear.’

2018 WINNER | BLACK BAMBOO by Bennet Marburger and Ji Zhang of 2408 Studio (Hangzhou Shi, China), Harbourfront Centre:Black Bamboo is an installation made from 90 painted bamboo poles freely arranged to form a framework in an abstract cubic shape. Like the constellations, the cube as a shape only comes into existence within our heads. Black Bamboo is accessible and invites visitors to walk or climb through it.

2018 WINNER | WINTER FANFARE by Thena Tak (Vancouver, Canada) HTO Park: Winter FanFare is a series of rotating fan-sculptures that collectively form a circulation playscape for winter exploration. In the spirit of the competition’s theme, ‘constellations’, Winter FanFare deploys individual fan-sculptures to create clusters of pockets where the public can meander through or run in and around. 

2018 WINNER | ENSEMBLE by João Araújo Sousa and Joana Correia Silva, JJs Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal) Music Garden: Ensemble merges architecture, music and astronomy to explore the dialogue between humans and the urban environment. The installation is inspired by wind chimes, which visitors can touch to create beautiful abstract compositions and ever-changing soundscapes.

2018 WINNER | ROOT CABIN by Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson, Public City Architecture (Winnipeg, Canada) Peter St. Basin: Like a constellation, Root Cabin is a mystery waiting to be discovered. Coloured cuts of wood can be seen through gaps in an alluring pile of weathered roots. When further explored by a visitor, the colours reveal a void that can be inhabited, and an iconic, nostalgic form of Canadian dwelling emerges.