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For a number of years during the Winnipeg winter there has been the Mutual Ice Trail along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Along with the ice trail there has been a competition each year to construct warming huts to be placed along the ice trail. Some of these warming huts work better than others with some simply being flights of fancy to let the creators' imagination run wild.

I took this image from inside the Hugmug warming hut which is a hot cup of chocolate with appropriately placed marshmallows in front. This hut works along the wind is not blowing into the entrance.

On the left is the Tower and on the right the Golden Bison which are both warming huts created this winter.

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Taken January 28, 2018.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/04/18 21:05
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/04/18 21:06

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/04/18 21:07

Winter may seem long to a Winnipegger, but as histories go, as a life experience, as a set of personal mythologies embedded in a long string of years, our coldest, most beautiful season is heartbreakingly short, as sweet as life itself, a mere bedtime story remembered in the frosty etchings on a child’s windowpane. With the coming of spring the sun obliterates the great narratives of our ice, and no matter how great the crystal obelisks, monuments and other sturdy tributes we erect during the naive enchantment of winter, all are soon pulled down, each pulling its own shroud behind it, into the Dark Stupid Puddle.
Guy Maddin, film maker & visiting lecturer at
Harvard University

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/04/18 21:08

One of the ice blocks one can see in the previous image of the Temple of Lost Things warming huts.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/04/18 21:08

In the opening picture you can see The Trunk in the left of the image.

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/04/18 21:10

This hut works along the wind is not blowing into the entrance in the opening image should read this hut works as long as the wind is not blowing into the entrance...

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/07/18 20:07

A view from outside the HugMug.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/07/18 20:08

Blinding white horizon with snow plummeting into your eyes. The wind is cold and road is long. Suddenly, a towering tower in front of you, forming a point of reference to your journey. A point of recognition and an opportunity to view what is coming and what or who is left behind from a whole new angle. Project Totem provides a unique experience to climb a tower that is as narrow as the person themselves. Totems placed as welcome gates create an abstract space. The aura in-between them link the two together spiritually. The border of space defined by volumes of totems becomes the catalyst for interaction -individuals meet with a glance from up above. It is about the person’s individual journey - an experience being alone 4m above, becoming a collective experience when shared between two climbers – strangers or friends.
Architecture Office b210
Tallinn, Estonia

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/07/18 20:08

Here is a site that will give you some idea of the warming huts over the years along the Mutual Ice Trail along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

Comments by Harry Liston on Wed, 02/07/18 23:23

Looks like Winnipeg does more with less than here in Ottawa. You have an unending source of creativity, maybe due to the harsh, winter weather? More likely because Winnipeg has encouraged its arts scene while Ottawa is more high tech. I like the second from last shot, with the people in the Hugmug & the snowflakes swirling past.

Comments by S Roter on Thu, 02/08/18 10:42

I like this series of photos Jan. I like them all.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 02/10/18 20:45

looking west towards the Museum for Human Rights and looking east in the reflective surface of the Mirror Cloaking warming hut towards the Ice Castles.

Mirror Cloaking by: University of Manitoba
Using the concept of one-way mirrors and polished stainless steel panels to create a mirror box, skaters will perceive the warming hut as part of the winter landscape, yet closer inspection will find that the hut appears to reflect the surrounding. As skaters walk into the hut they realize that the one-way mirrors provide the precious scenery of winter.

Comments by Paul Bracey on Sun, 03/04/18 19:20

Yet another great series. That last shot is especially awesome.