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Orange Crush
Orange Crush

Calgary — The power of many will be evident this September when the first three of six community-built projects will take to the streets during Beakerhead, all made possible with funding from the Calgary Foundation.

In May, Beakerhead issued a design call for community-built creations that could be a part of this year’s Beakerhead. Three were selected to be a part of Beakerhead this September.

“We were impressed by the way these projects engaged the community in creating cultural experiences that treat science and engineering as a welcoming part of everyday life,” says Beakerhead president and co-founder Mary Anne Moser.

All three community projects will be displayed on Stephen Avenue Walk at Beakerhead’s Four-to-Six events (from 4 – 6 pm) on September 16, 17 and 18.

The Maker Bus
The Maker Bus

The first premiering at Beakerhead, called MakerBus is a collaborative project involving people of various ages and skills both in the making of the bus and, most importantly, as users of the MakerBus. The former commuter bus, now a workshop-on-wheels, can hold eight people at a time “working” on projects at the tables, with additional outdoor activities such as airbrush painting. The MakerBus is a creation of Calgarian Jim Akeson. Along with afternoons on Stephen Avenue Walk, visitors can hop on the bus to make things when the MakerBus is stationed at Station B at Fort Calgary on September 19 and 20.

Funding from the Calgary Foundation will also support the design and build of a site-specific installation called Orange Crush, where pedestrians will be invited to walk through a squishy, synthetic passageway made from 1,000 pool noodles. The installation is orchestrated by a team of architects, designers and engineers from Calgary’s Tomorrow Architecture Collective and Saskatoon’s OPEN. The project has incorporated youth outreach involvement with Scouts Canada.

Camera Obscura conceptual drawing
Camera Obscura conceptual drawing
Artist rendering of Mobile Camera Obscura
Artist rendering of Mobile Camera Obscura

Gearing up to premiere at Beakerhead 2016 is a

Inspiration for Camera Obscura
Inspiration for Camera Obscura

project called Mobile Camera Obscura, which brings together ACAD students, alumni and community members, led by ACAD instructor Mitch Kern. Breathing a new life to a camper trailer, the team will construct a camera obscura that allows visitors to enter and experience the not widely known way our brain (and cameras!) processes visual information. The Camera Obscura operates upon the same principle as the human eye and helps viewers understand the science of perception and perceptual adaptation. The work-in-progress trailer will also be at Tomkins Park on 17 Ave SW all day September 20.

A call to support three more projects will be issued this fall. Calgarians are encouraged to think about what they might want to build for Beakerhead 2016.

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