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Cool Garden Student Competition Winning Project Announced

April 12, 2021 — 

Storefront Manitoba in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture is pleased to announce the winners of the Cool Gardens 2021 FAUM Student Design Competition.  

Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offer a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown. The exhibit aims to bring architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. 

MASKED CONVERSATIONS submitted by Chukwuebuka Idafum, Kenyo Musa, Victor Odusanya was chosen as the winning design.  Their proposal integrates a series of playful sculpted figures located next to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.  The presence of the figures will aim to set the scene where the audience is engaged, the stage comes alive, and the performance commences.  Podiums next to the figures will provided descriptions that aid in the interpretation of their facial expressions.   

The winning design will be unveiled July 2021 at The Forks.  

Honorary mentions went the following two proposals: 

Curtain Call, submitted by Jamie Coverini

Reflect, submitted by Carlos Rueda, Amanda Reis, Juliana Anderson, Emily Birch, Alex Boss, Madeleine Dafoe, Ralph Daniel Gutierrez, Lisbeth Hildebrand and Ashley Ann Polet

We would like to thank the following jury members for their work selecting the winning project: Karen Wilson-Baptist, Leanne Muir, Melissa McAlister, Meaghan Hunter, Bhavana Bonde, Bianca Dahlman, Kim Wiese & Dave Pancoe.

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