This summer, the WAG is pleased to present SKYBOX on its exterior ramp facing Memorial Boulevard. Those who enjoyed last winter's Red River skating trail at The Forks will recall SKYBOX as one of the six featured warming huts that dotted the trail, warmed skaters, and playfully engaged the public with architecture.
Designed by third-year University of Manitoba architecture students Matt Hagen, Ryan Lewis, and Evan Taylor, SKYBOX reflects the Prairie sky with its use of reflective materials. It creates the visual immersion of people against a background not normally considered, the sky. Winnipeg is known for its winter weather, and SKYBOX provides a mesh between the transforming weather conditions and the community. Purposefully placed reflective material—polished aluminum—covers the interior space to create an illusion of the visitors sitting amongst the changing seasonal skies. The exterior of the work consists of charred, interlocking cedar boards, selected to visually juxtapose the exterior with the light-filled interior.
Take a selfie inside the warming hut and post on social media with the hashtag #SKYBOXWPG to interact with the project on an international scale.
This presentation of SKYBOX has been made possible through the combined efforts of the WAG, the Forks Renewal Corporation, and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture.