TYPE Public Art Installation
LOCATION Winnipeg, Canada
Every year, the city of Winnipeg holds a competition to create Warming Huts, which provide shelter for people enjoying themselves on the city’s frozen river in the dead of winter. The installations tend to vary from the practical to the completely unconventional, their main purpose being to animate the Assiniboine River and provide delightful little nooks for skaters. These furry Nuzzles emerged from a desire to challenge the notion of the prototypical hut. Open to the elements, they still provide a sense of shelter, enticing kids and adults to snuggle with them as they protect themselves from the wind. A nuzzle insulates them by trapping warm air close to their core. The bright colours of the pool noodles from which they are made stand out in the snowy surroundings, and their flexible forms invite interaction. People of all ages, especially children, are drawn to the sculptures and engage with them in every conceivable way: jumping into them, climbing on top of them, and, of course, nuzzling with them.