Science and art meet mythical fascination at this year’s Beakerhead



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Imagine entering an entirely different world, with a fire-breathing dragon on the right and giant Venus fly trap on the left.

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As Beakerhead kicked off Wednesday, the things of imagination are being brought to life.

From Sept. 18 to 22, Beakerhead will host activities around the city, with its main event taking place on Saturday. For the “Spectacle,” Prince’s Island Park will be lit up with larger-than-life mythical characters, interactive installations and informative shows as science and art are combined to celebrate math and science. Different workshops are scheduled at the park and around the city, with a few of the mythical characters seeping into other communities.

“Beakerhead really prides itself on these big art installations, these larger-than-life, take-your-breath-away installations that are interactive,” said Danielle Kraus, Beakerhead workshop liaison.

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This year, instead of displaying mythical characters in 12 to 15 locations as in previous years, the group decided to consolidate the installations to Prince’s Island Park and three outside locations. Throughout the week, characters are being set up in Marda Loop, East Village and 4th Street, but the full display is Saturday at the park.

“All of the magical, mystical creatures that are found throughout the forest on the island will delight and surprise you,” said Kraus.

But if you don’t already have tickets to the Spectacle, you could be out of luck. Tickets are already sold out and there is a wait list.

Interactive installations will be scattered throughout the park, including a portal to another realm requiring people to punch in specific codes, The Cube set up for users to communicate with and an oobleck walk that poses a physical challenge.

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“Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that when there’s no pressure on it, it’s in liquid form but turns into a solid when there’s pressure on it. Kids and adults alike will delight in being able to challenge themselves to run across the block,” said Kraus.

The workshops and shows around the city are meant to engage people with science and math in a delightful way. A dining in the dark experience at Dark Table being hosted by a brain researcher and a locked room at the Central Library are two examples of the ventures.

“They’re taking the locked room strategy and blowing it up to take over the entire library,” said Kendra Desmarais, Beakerhead director of marketing.

“Then, the University of Calgary faculty of science is taking over the library on Saturday with a bunch of programming. People of all ages can be a scientist for a day.”

A full list of events and tickets can be found at

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