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!

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

Coca Cola Vancouver Olympics Pavilion

Coca Cola Vancouver Olympics Pavilion Aerial View

 Fabrication Highlights:

• Large 8,600 square foot scale • Integrated multimedia
• Interactive games • Perfect Serve Sample Bar
• Pneumatic recycling system • Exhibit cases
• Installed and removed for games • Built for full public access


Coca Cola's award-winning Vancouver Olympic Pavilion, an 8,600 square foot interactive experience fabricated and installed by Great Lakes Scenic Studios.

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Metal Ribbon Wall at the Bell TIFF Lightbox

Metal Ribbon Wall at the Bell TIFF Lightbox

Fabrication Highlights:

• Custom bending machine made for ribbons • Powdercoated aluminum
• Full public interaction • Permanent installation


The Bell TIFF Lightbox building is one of Toronto's premier downtown residences. As you enter the residence lobby, there is a feature wall of silver metal ribbons that stretches from floor to ceiling. Built and installed by Great Lakes Scenic Studios, its fabrication required the deft hand of one of our most creative and skilled welders to help it take the physical form, as was envisioned by the designer.

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Daniels Chicago Block Sculpture

Daniels Chicago Block Sculpture

Fabrication Highlights:

• Cut aluminum sculpture • Powdercoated

This small design element made of offset powdercoated aluminum squares sits high atop the Chicago condominium in downtown Mississauga. 

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Large Retail Light Fixutres

Large Retail Light Fixtures

Fabrication Highlights:

• Large 18 foot x 4 foot light fixtures
• Theme printed fabric over aluminum frame
• Fire treated fabric
• Engineered and CSA stamped

Functional and aesthetically pleasing, these oversized custom light fixtures are part of the renovations at Vaughan Mills Mall. The fabric on each of the four fixtures has been thematically printed with custom graphics related to the immediate environment. Bold and colourful, they complement the surrounding decor while also serving as a waypoint for mall patrons.

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COVID 19 Custom Safety Solutions

For over 20 years we've worked with clients in the entertainment, retail and residential sectors to custom fabricate unique projects. Our strength has always been in thinking up innovative and creative solutions to meet our client's unique needs.

Earlier this year, the global pandemic hit. The world has changed and priorities have shifted.

The focus now is moving towards slowly reopening businesses while maintaining employee and public safety. Businesses will face unique challenges in planning to reopen. Creative solutions will need to be found to maximize safety of employees and the public as well as allow for safe operation of all businesses.

As scenic fabricators, we're used to thinking outside the box. In this post COVID 19 landscape, we are here to help you think outside of the box for solutions to get your business back up and running. From protective barriers, contactless pickup solutions, mobile pop up shops to whatever else you can dream of - we've got you covered.

With over 40,000 square feet of fabrication space, we house carpentry, welding, metal and acrylic fabrication, sewing, design and engineering all under one roof. Our capabilities are endless.

Contact us today to discuss your business' unique needs. Our team is ready to help you find creative solutions to get your company operating safely and quickly.