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Students and early-career professionals across the GTA proposed new temporary installations for the Downsview Wind Rose as part of the XOXO emerging designer competition.

Teams entered the competition from a wide range of ages and creative fields, including graphic, urban, and industrial design, architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, fine arts, and more.


The jury was impressed by the creativity, thoughtfulness, and passion shown by all teams who submitted to the competition. We are delighted to share and celebrate all the proposals here, along with the teams’ statements of design intent and some selected comments from the jury.

The Proposals

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The three winning proposals will be installed, each for 10 weeks of public display, with the support of the XOXO Downsview installation team and funding from landowners Northcrest and Canada Lands. Be sure to follow us on social and subscribe to our newsletter to see how these proposals evolve and to learn when each will be launched. 


The Jury

Following the guiding principles of the XOXO Workplan, a diverse panel of local and city-wide experts was formed to judge the proposals. They include:


  • David Anselmi, Senior Director of Real Estate at Canada Lands and a landscape architect who long served as the President of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Chair of Toronto’s Public Art Commission;

  • Elham Fatapour, a visual artist and York University MFA whose practice includes explorations of our relationship with the land;

  • Patrizia Libralato, Founder of the Toronto Biennial of Art, born and raised in Downsview;

  • Mitchell Marcus, Executive Director of Site Activation and Programming at Northcrest Developments, previously the founder and CEO of The Musical Stage Company and Associate Producer for Luminato;

  • Tracey Prehay, a cultural producer, artist, and curator, who grew up in North York and worked locally with ArtworxTO for the year of public art;

  • Henrick Sales, North-York based public and performance artist who works with Ward Museum and focuses on immigrant experience and story-telling;

  • Michael Vickers, Senior Program Lead at Brampton Arts, and previous Co-Director of AKIN; and

  • Collin Zipp, multidisciplinary artist and Public Art Manager from STEPS Public Art.

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