Beakerhead 2017 to create larger-than-life Snakes and Ladders
[Calgary, Alberta] — The downtown core of Calgary will be turned into a larger-than-life version of the game Snakes and Ladders this September as part of Beakerhead 2017.
A dozen or so hands-on installations will make up a citywide “game board” that tells the story of the human ingenuity that built the west. The initiative is supported by the Canada 150 Fund.
“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a unique opportunity to get Canadians involved in their communities. The Beakerhead Creative Society’s fascinating project will bring Canadians together and provide them with enriching shared experiences. Make the most of the 150thanniversary celebrations to proudly promote the projects that unite members of your community. Come have fun with us!” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
“Western Canada represents the outcome of 150 years of human ingenuity. This is what the project Calgary Snakes and Ladders will allow you to discover, in 2017, as part of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Downtown Calgary will transform into a giant game board where participants can learn more about the accomplishments and inventions that have shaped our country. Don’t miss this wonderful adventure!” says the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre).
The announcement of the project is joined with a Call for Proposals. Organizers are looking for ideas from artists, engineers, designers and makers that will transform existing infrastructure into interactive experiences, such as musical stairs or massive slides using buildings and walkways.