Guy Maddin 'ludicrously honoured' to have designed Winnipeg warming hut

Guy Maddin 'ludicrously honoured' to have designed Winnipeg warming hut
From CBC - November 17, 2017

A warming hut designed by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddinwill be among those lining The Forks' Red River skating trail in Winnipeg this winter.

The Winnipeg-born Maddin'spiece holds as much mystery as its name: Temple of Lost Things.

According to the description from The Forks, the design features several "memory" pillars made of ice, supporting a mesh screen where projection art and performance can take place. It will be surrounded bysculpted ice benches and located under the spans of the Norwood Bridge.

"I am ludicrously honoured by the invitation to create a structure for this incredible annual event. In the international world of design, The Forks' warming hut competition has made our city the world capital of winterit took me two seconds to say yes," Maddinsaid in a press release from The Forks.

The annual open competition to design huts for skaters and other users of the river trail attracted arecord number of submissionsnearly 180from local, national and international artists and architecture groups, according to Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corporation.

Maddin, currently a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, is this year's invited guest designer.

"We ca not think of anything more Winnipeg or more creative than GuyMaddin," Jordan said.

Maddin, a self-professed lover of winter, explained Temple of Lost Things as representing "the accrual of memories over the history of each winter," while the eventualmelting of the pillars in springwill mimic forgetting.

"Winter is by far my favourite season, and I have always been saddened when its brief history of frosty activities is melted into the dark, stupid puddles of spring," he said.

"Winter is a season of great, beautiful accumulation, an abundant stockpile as if of memories. And every spring comes the big amnesia. Weare not always thinking of this sad cycle, but occasionally, when we seek comfort, uncomfortable thoughts visit and sit next to us on the ice bench."

All submissions in the open competition were reviewed by a "blind" jury, meaning they hadno background information on who submitted the designs.The jury, consisting of experts in both the arts and architecture worlds, chose three winning hut designs.

Golden Bison

David Alberto Arroyo Tafolla
Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

This hut takes the form of the bison, the official animal of the province of Manitoba, and incorporates the glitter of the Golden Boy atop the Manitoba Legislative Building.

An opening in the bottom of the bison hut allows people to climb four steps and go inside, where the walls contain information about the region.


The Trunk


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