March 15, 2016
Our winning entry for the 2016 Cool Garden’s Design Competition in Winnipeg, MB will transform the banks of the Red River through the power of community-building & social activation.
BIG RED responds to the rich history of the Forks as a natural and cultural intersection where the Assiniboine River flows into the Red. This proposal offers Winnipeg an engaging and temporary landmark that is visible from points along the Red River, including the Esplanade Riel and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ Tower of Hope.
The installation is an assembly of stacked red sandbags arranged to create a 15m x 15m red ‘X’ that transforms the manicured slopes of the Red River into an active social zone. In the spirit of this historic gathering place, BIG RED activates the river’s edge by creating an armature to support seating, socializing, relaxing and play. The gently tapered arms of the ‘X’ rise towards the centre, creating pockets for gathering and forming profiles for seating, lounging and exploration. Reminiscent of the sandbagging efforts during the great Red River Floods, the build of BIG RED is envisioned as a social event and community-building process in which volunteers gather to help construct the work.
We are very pleased to have Landscape Architect Mark Bauche join our team and are excited to kick-off this Winnipeg installation in June.
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