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In 2016, the Winnipeg Arts Council put out a call for expression of
interests and qualifications to artists, looking for a team to create
a permanent public artwork in the form of feature lighting around
the duck pond in Kildonan Park, located on Treaty One territory.
The duck pond is located behind the Peguis Pavilion, a celebrated
modernist piece of architecture that contains a restaurant,
public restrooms and a skate changing area. The objective was
to create a lighting design to increase the use of the skating area,
provide visual interest in all seasons and help define the pond as a
destination and landmark.
The park itself is a 39-hectare green space designed by George
Champion, superintendent of the City of Winnipeg Parks Board,
in 1909. The park is designed in an English landscape garden style,
intended to highlight the natural beauty of the area that consisted
of woodland and English pasture, integrating the water features
of Lord Selkirk Creek and the Red River. The park's original master
plan proposed formal gardens, a music grove, a park pavilion,
bridges over the creek, sports facilities, recreational grounds,
curvilinear walkways and drives and curated vistas out to the Red
River. Many of those original visions for the park have come to life
over the past 100 years.
Kildonan Park today is a unique civic destination that exhibits
a charming eccentricity, differentiating itself from other City
of Winnipeg parks that have also been modelled in the English
landscape garden style. The now-mature park guides visitors
along with curvilinear circulation systems, sheltered by some
of the oldest and largest riparian trees in the province, while it
also contains a series of quirky features unlike anywhere else in
the city.

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"...living in a place that experiences
harsh winters, the design challenge
is to inspire people to get outside"

From the quirky Witch's Hut, hidden in the forest that tells the
story of Hansel and Gretel, to the grandness of Rainbow Stage,
Canada's longest-running outdoor theatre, these distinct
characteristics have given the park an eccentric and charming
reputation, attracting an array of visitors during the summer. In
the wintertime, as with most city parks, many of the amenities
are closed for the season. The foliage has disappeared, and the
vibrant, textural ground is hidden underneath the blanket of
winter. During the day, the park is visited by a handful of people
who walk along the snow cleared roadside to take in winter's
stoic beauty. When the sun begins to set at 4:30 p.m., the park
essentially becomes unoccupied.
When I became aware of the Winnipeg Arts Council lighting design
project, I saw it as a unique opportunity to design a public space
through the curation of light - where winter is the primary season
of focus and summer becomes secondary to the concept. At that
time, Ashley Jull, an interior designer working for Nadi who also
had an undergraduate degree in art and architectural history,
was part of the Nadi team. We both agreed that the artwork
should embody the architectural history of the context while also
exhibiting the unique character of the park. We sought out Takashi

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2019

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
SOUS LES ÉTOILES
BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
METAMORPHOUS
UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
CRITIQUE
I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - SOUS LES ÉTOILES
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
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