Like something from outer space, this ball-shaped object has been drawing attention and curiosity of passersby along the beach of Lake Ontario in Canada. Its burnt wood envelope hides a cozy interior adorned with faux fur coats. The dome is actually a sculptural lifeguard tower designed by Calgary-based artists Lane Shordee, Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, winners of the Winter Stations Design Competition in Canada.
The competition challenged architects, designers, and artists from around the world to re-imagine the lifeguard towers on the beach of Lake Ontario, near Toronto, Canada. Named “In the Belly of a Bear,” the sculpture features a dark exterior that sets it apart from the bright, frozen landscape. Viewers are invited to climb up a wooden ladder into the belly of the structure, which has a 15-foot diameter, where domed sitting space provides shelter and views of the sky outside. The interior features sitting structures lined with thick warm fur.
The project addresses the notions of interior and exterior, warmth and the cold, isolation and insulation through juxtaposition. Atelier One Five fabricated the structure, which will be available for viewing until the March 18, 2016.