We are thrilled to announce the seven winning proposals for Design by Nature 2014!!! The incredible works of Miles Keller, Scott Barker, Andre Joyau, Mark Grimsrud, Scott Bodaly, Daniel Gruetter and Jeff Forrest will be on display this fall at Evergreen Brick Works from mid- September to the end of November.

Our call for proposals asked for innovative public art, sculpture and functional furniture using a creative re-imagination of pre-existing and “resource-based” materials. We received an incredible 118 submissions, many of which included beautifully designed and functional furniture made from discarded city wood and salvaged materials.

Our multidisciplinary jury considered each submission equally and thoughtfully against the judging criteria. After a full day of heated debate, the following proposals were selected for their overall design concept, creative re-use of salvaged materials and adaptability of design.
We thank all the artists who submitted to this year’s competition and deeply appreciate the time and effort that went into your proposal. We encourage you to keep up the amazing work and consider re-submitting next year as we turn our focus to public art and sculptural installations for Evergreen Brick Works.

Now….for the winners of 2014!



Name of piece: Caygua
Materials:  Seat Deck: salvaged wood from The City of Toronto (ice storm and or ash borer) Base: a lightweight composite of cement/ wood chips (City of Toronto wood yard) and straw.
Artist(s): Miles Keller

Cayuga is a modular outdoor (and indoor) public seating system. Its sculptural puzzle-like shape allows for multiple configurations creating an undulating topography that speaks to the multiple layers of glacial till that form the landscape in this part of southern Ontario. The wood seating deck (utilizing salvaged wood) is warm, friendly and inviting. The cement/ wood composite base is solid, durable and references the kind of technology used to form the bricks produced in the Brickworks kilns. The idea is to employ something we have been experimenting with, a hybrid of cement, wood chips from The City of Toronto wood lots and straw. This will produce a super strong and durable cement composite (essentially a hybrid sustainable indigenous technology) that should stand up well to outdoor public use.