Holt Renfrew Shoe Trees

Holt Renfrew Shoe Trees from the Side

Client Holt Renfrew approached Great Lakes Scenic Studios about developing a new front window display for their flagship men’s retail store at 50 Bloor Street in Toronto. Starting from some reference imagery, the idea was to use cedar shoe trees, 250 of them to be exact, to create a suspended sculpture. Great Lakes developed the idea from the imagery into a large static window display. Planning out and then executing the build required an artistic aesthetic. Each shoe tree was clear coated in one of three different tones to lend visual texture. Each shoe tree was rigged to create a fresh and organic finished work.

Holt Trees

Flash Back: Coca Cola's Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay Vehicles

Coca Cola's Lead Vehicle for the Vancouver Olympics Torch Relay

 As the Olympic Torch Relay winds its way to Sochi, we thought to revisit the work Great Lakes Scenic Studios did for Coca Cola on the Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay.

Fabrication Highlights:  

• Design build • Full custom fabrication from the chassis up
• Integrated cross-vehicle sound system • Temperature controlled product sampling


Having been a presenting sponsor for the Olympic games for decades, Coca Cola was looking for a design-build partner to build their fleet of Olympic Torch Relay vehicles for the longest and perhaps harshest Olympic Torch Relay in History. Great Lakes Scenic Studios made the cut to provide team Coca Cola with a caravan of vehicles including the lead trucks, product sampling customized Olympia Ice Machines and accompanying support vehicles.

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Beyond Wonderland Stage

Beyond Wonderland Stage at Dusk

Fabrication Highlights:  

• Epic scenic paint job • Touring stage set-up
• 200 foot wide x 78 foot high scale • Quick turn-around


This massive stage, built for Insomniac's Beyond Wonderland music festival spanned 200 feet wide and soared 78 feet into the air. Built by Great Lakes Scenic Studios and sister shop F&D Scene Changes Ltd., it was a kaleidoscopic landscape of brilliant scenic paint.

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NFL Experience

NFL Experience Toronto

 Fabrication Highlights:

• Touring exhibit • Interactive games
• Multimedia integration • Extensive use of graphics


Toronto's downtown had the home field advantage as the NFL Experience came to town. This market outreach experience was fabricated right here at Great Lakes Scenic Studios.

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In the News:

Holt Renfrew Square One Nail Bar

HR Nail Polish Bottle

We had the pleasure of parterning again with our long time client Holt Renfrew to produce massive oversized nail polish bottles for the grand opening of their newest store in Square One. Each piece was hand carved from styrofoam and finished in Holt Renfrew's glossy trademark magenta. Thia unit was over 7' tall by 4' wide and was showcased in their main atrium. When a client calls with a seemingly impossible request, we find a way to make it happen!