Those empty lifeguard chairs that are so emblematic of winter at the Beaches will be lifeless no longer, thanks to a design competition coming to the area this season.

RAW Design, a local Toronto architect, has teamed up with Ferris + Associates and Curio to launch Winter Stations, an open international public art competition for artists, designers and architects alike to create installations out of the vacant lifeguard stands between the Leuty Lifeguard Station and the Balmy Beach Club.

Judges include Christopher Hume, the architecture and urban affairs critic for the Toronto Star, Shauna Levy, the president of Design Exchange, Peter Hargraves, principal of Sputnik Architects, and Toronto city councilor Mary-Margaret McMahon.

The winning pieces will need to be resilient enough to withstand another potential polar vortex, as they are set to be temporary installations on the beach from mid-February to mid-March of 2015.

Streetcar Developments, Urban Capital and Rockport Group, as well as the City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and Ryerson University are some of the┬ácompetition’s sponsors.

Submissions are due December 5th and winners will be announced in early January of 2015.

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