Ice Breakers was launched in 2016 as a partnership between the organizers of Winter Stations and the Waterfront Business Improvement Area. Now embarking on its third year, Ice Breakers is seeking proposals for temporary art works to produce and exhibit along Toronto’s Queens Quay for Winter 2019. This year, we will be selecting four unique installations as well as one invited University installation for five unique sites which will be exhibited from January 17, 2019 until March 03, 2019.
This is a single-stage international competition open to everyone. We welcome artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for Ice Breakers’ temporary artwork installation.
For Ice Breaker’s third year the theme is “Signal Transmission”. The theme is open to interpretation, but as always, we are hoping to see work that is challenging, while also accessible, and a reminder that public art can be fun and engaging. Signal Transmission may be approached as an exploration of data, digital and analog communication, including the various modes and codes involved; it may also veer into the realm of biology, ecology and sociology. Simply, Signal Transmission is about how humans and other species speak – to each other and to our self, internally. We see Ice Breakers as a catalyst for discussion, a moment of wonder, and an invitation to local residents and visitors from further afield, to step out of their buildings and take a winter walk along the Waterfront to appreciate the unique Toronto landscape at this time of year.
There is no limit to the size of the installation, but please note that included in the jurors’ instructions will be durability and constructability. Installations cannot exceed the total cost outlined and may consist of a singular object or a configuration of dispersed elements.