July 29, 2021

Storefront Manitoba is excited to announce the launch of the 7th Annual Cool Gardens Exhibition featuring installations throughout Downtown Winnipeg. Cool Gardens 2021 will include the remounting of three gardens displayed in previous years at the Forks along with two new installations.

This year's new installations for Cool Gardens 2021 are:

ReTreeWPG located in Downtown Winnipeg
by 5468796 Architecture Inc., Winnipeg-based architecture firm

RetreeWPG aims to bring awareness to Winnipeg's declining tree canopy. Throughout the city, green and yellow abstract tree shapes have been formed with tree flagging tape. The bold colourful triangles will contrast the urban environment, drawing attention to the need to grow and maintain our city's tree canopy.

A series of local businesses including MAKE Coffee + Stuff, Parlour Coffee, Nonsuch Brewing Company, Bijou Patio, The Forks, and Blue Note Park will be participating and displaying these green and yellow tree forms. Starting on July 29th, these businesses will also provide pick-up locations for free tree kits available to the public as a collective call to action. The kits include a young tree to be planted as well as a tape kit for individuals to make their own triangular installation.

Masked Conversations located at the Forks (MTYP)
by Chukwuebuka Idafum, Kenyo Musa, and Victor Odusanya,
Environmental Design students from the University of Manitoba

Masked Conversations is the winner of the 2021 Cool Gardens Student Competition. The design responds to the context of the site, a "theatre", a place where a play is staged, and a relationship between the audience and the performance is established. This playful sculpture garden represents "the cast", that tells an evoking story through different facial expressions. The project creates an obscured conversation between the audience and the cast. Masked Conversations will be unveiled in early August 2021.

About Cool Gardens
Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary gardens and art installations that offers a shift of sensation for the summer, using "cooling" as a general theme. The project brings designers, landscape architects, architects, artists and the public together, to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. Since its inception in 2015, more than 30 gardens have been exhibited around downtown Winnipeg and as well as Brandon, Manitoba.

This year's Cool Gardens are made possible through the generous support of: Canada Council for the Arts, The Forks, the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, the Student Innovation Enrichment Fund (SIEF), and the Endowment Fund.

For more information on Cool Gardens, please visit:


Media Contacts:
Eduardo Aquino, (204) 295-4288 (Co-Curator)
Suzy Melo, (204) 232-5082 (Co-Curator, Storefront Manitoba)