Storefront Manitoba and The Winnipeg Trails Association ask designers to put their skills to work and challenge the concept of a ‘common’ bench. This design competition looks for intervention that has the power to stop people in their tracks and provide a place to wait, rest, read and more.

*Photos by Wood Anchor,

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of the 2017 / 2018 BENCHmark Competition! GRIDLOCK by Thomas Nuytten will be part of the Pandora Pathway this summer! 

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Organized by: The Winnipeg Trails Association and StorefrontMB

About Winnipeg Trails: The Winnipeg Trails Association is a coalition of volunteer trail builders and trail users who are focused on accelerating trail development and connectivity in Winnipeg. Our association consists of over 40+ organizations and partners who are promoting the use and development of recreational and commuter trails for the benefit and enjoyment of all Manitobans and visitors to our province.

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2018/2018 Supporting partners: Transcona Business Improvement Zone and the City of Winnipeg 



View all 2016 competition entries [Click Here]

View all 2016 Media Coverage [Click Here]