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This is what a cardboard beach looks like in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / June 10, 2014

Luminato cardboard beachWhen Luminato announced that it'd be bringing a cardboard beach its festival hub this year, it was hard to get a sense of exactly what it would look like, but now we have our answer. The all-cardboard installation at David Pecaut Square brings cabana life to King West, and folks have been quick to make use to the new area to lounge away their lunch hours. There's no water or sand, but the reclined chairs just beckon you to lay back and relax.

The work of Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros, the beach is fully licensed (yay!) but also very busy when the square plays host to Luminato events. The vibe is decidedly more laid back during the day, though there's a whole lot less drinking (boo!). Los Carpinteros idea for the installation is both ironic and altruistic. While the dry grass and concrete of David Pecaut Square is anything like a beach, the collective experience of leisure in the midst of the city gestures to beach culture. And who wouldn't want a new place to chill? So let's just hope it doesn't pour rain over the next few days. While the cardboard as a waterproof coating, the beach could become a soggy mess if the rain is unrelenting.

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Random Reader / June 10, 2014 at 01:09 pm
this actually looks way better than I had first envisioned.
very cool.
hmm / June 10, 2014 at 01:15 pm
This should be terrific once it rains tomorrow.
TBIT / June 10, 2014 at 01:20 pm
I get the idea of the reclining chairs and umbrellas, but is with the weird geometric shapes? is this Normandy Beach we are making out of cardboard? Are those landing deterrents like dragon's teeth?
Gomer replying to a comment from hmm / June 10, 2014 at 01:30 pm
Gee do ya think we have cardboard now that can sustain a rainstorm? Well golly!
Gomer 2 / June 10, 2014 at 01:34 pm
Golly how does this beverage stay in my Starbucks, Tim Horton's or McDonald's cardboard cup without leaking? Have they done something to it?
Golly / June 10, 2014 at 01:44 pm
Everyones a scientist!
Wax on replying to a comment from Gomer / June 10, 2014 at 02:24 pm
If its waxed cardboard then it will hold up in the rain, but not recyclable.
Sean / June 10, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Ho-BOnus / June 11, 2014 at 09:48 am
Its a like a homeless persons Xanadu !
Random Reader / June 12, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Soo... who actually saw this after yesterday and this mornings rain showers? Still looking good and serving functional purpose or what?
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