*Photos by Wood Anchor,

The BENCHmark 2016 competition invited designers to submit proposals for the design of a permanent bench along the Bishop Grandin Trail – Winnipeg’s longest multi-use trail. A competition seeking designers to help make / celebrate places that embody physical literacy, add refinement to the art of traveling while providing a place to sit, read, discuss and exchange.

Visit Pothole Bench by Michelle Tustin and Scattered Sphere by Wood Anchor on the Bishop Grandin Trail!

Organized by: The Winnipeg Trails Association and StorefrontMB

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Supporting partners:
City of Winnipeg, Crampton’s Market, MALA, Ft3, Faculty of Architecture – University of Manitoba

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View all 2016 competition entries [Click Here]


Winnipeg Free Press – Bishop Grandin Trail gets artfully designed public benches

ChrisD – Winning Benches Named to Beautify Winnipeg Trail

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‘Bishop Grandin Trail gets artfully designed public benches’, June 10, 2017

‘Bench design contest launched’, June 9, 2016

‘Bench Design Competition Launched for Winnipeg’s Trails’, June 10, 2016

‘Winnipeg trails looking to add new artistic resting space’, June 27, 2016

‘Pothole bench inspired by Winnipeg’s topography’ July 27, 2016