Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations offering a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown, bringing architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. The presentation of cutting edge garden designs places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg, at the same time offering a pleasant relief from the summer exasperation.
Presented by StorefrontMB and the Forks, and intended to mirror the internationally acclaimed Warming Huts program, Cool Gardens will take place from July 10th to September 28th 2014. The exhibition site runs from VIA Rail’s Union Station to Provencher Boulevard, calling attention to the amazing but generally unrecognized pedestrian linkage.
Cool Gardens presents an alternative attraction for tourist participation in the downtown, increasing the visitation of locals and guests around the celebration and the exchange between nature and art. This year’s Cool Gardens also brings a visiting garden from the International Garden Festival Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens from Quebec, ranked among the leading garden festivals in the world.
Partners for Cool Gardens 2014 are The Forks, La Maison des Artistes and StorefrontMB. David Penner is the curator.
Installations in the exhibition included works by Montreal landscape architect Claude Cormier and Winnipeg’s own Ewa Tarsia, SPMB and ATLRG.
Event Sponsor is the Manitoba Association of Architects.