NEW BENCHMARK IN PINAWA: REFLECTION STATION
November 16, 2021
Reflection Station by Sophia Tang and Hans-Christian Buhl (sophie & hans) of Berlin, Germany is a new addition to the Ironwood Trail in Pinawa, Manitoba. Benchmark is an international design competition organized by Storefront Manitoba and the Winnipeg Trails Association to reimagine public space along trail systems in Manitoba.
Reflection Station is made up of four stations that reflect the natural areas of the Ironwood Trail, while simultaneously revealing the many modes of movement along the trail. The stations, which function as exterior furniture and art pieces along the trail, are clad with mirror-finished stainless steel, creating a mirage effect that, at certain vantage points, disappears into its surroundings.
Reflection Station is one of two projects that were chosen as part of the international design competition, Benchmark (2020). The second project, PIICNIIC, is located in downtown Winnipeg and was unveiled in September 2020. Suzy Melo, co-curator of Benchmark, said “This is the first year that the competition was located outside of the City of Winnipeg. Reflection Station is already becoming a new destination along the Ironwood Trail, and I look forward to seeing the project transform throughout the seasons.” Both Benchmark 2020 projects were completed with the guidance of project curators, Suzy Melo (Storefront Manitoba) and Anders Swanson (The Winnipeg Trails Association).
“The Ironwood Trail in Pinawa is an ideal location to showcase this fantastic local Manitoba initiative with an international connection. This innovative art installation encourages people to explore the area and to see the beauty along this trail system in a whole new way. We are very happy to support this initiative and to give folks another reason to get outdoors” says Tim Coffin, Executive Director with Trails Manitoba. The site in Pinawa was chosen in collaboration with the Pinawa LGD, Pinawa Community Development Corporation (PCDC), Friends of the Ironwood Trail (FIT) and Trails Manitoba.
Reflection Station is a permanent installation located along the Ironwood Trail, between Willis Drive and the Winnipeg River. It is the seventh installation completed as part of the Benchmark project.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the Pinawa Community Development Corporation (PCDC), Pinawa LGD, Friends of the Ironwood Trail, Trails Manitoba, Trans Canada Trail Foundation, Creekside Timber Products, Shape Industries, the Manitoba Association of Architects and the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects.
Benchmark is an international design challenge which culminates in permanent installations along the trail systems and urban landscapes of Winnipeg and Manitoba. Storefront Manitoba and the Winnipeg Trails invite individuals and groups from around the world to submit designs that will bring people together, provide a place to rest, take a break, people-watch, lean, contemplate one’s surroundings, and even create new activities for the diverse users of our trails.