PHOTOS: Beakerhead climbs to new heights with The Ascent

A Beakerhead volunteer on stilts greeted the crowd next to a fire spitting turtle at The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Beakerhead in conjunction with the Calgary International Film Festival hosted DAVID, a 35 foot marionette that spent three hours climbing the side of Devon Tower. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Calgary’s festival of all things art, science, and engineering set new heights on Saturday evening with The Ascent.

Beakerhead in conjunction with the Calgary International Film Festival hosted DAVID, a 34 foot marionette that spent the better part of three hours climbing Devon Tower in Eau Claire.

Over a thousand Calgarians gathered in the downtown core to watch DAVID climb the tower.

The Underground Circus’ DAVID made The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Beakerhead in conjunction with the Calgary International Film Festival hosted DAVID, a 34-foot marionette created by the The Underground Circus that spent three hours climbing the side of Devon Tower. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A closeup of DAVID as it made The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The marionette DAVID was originally created for the opening of the Vancouver Convention Centre. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A scientist puppet gave out high-fives to some young visitors at The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Roving artists interacted with patrons to The Ascent, promoting that science is fun. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Roman, one of the Beakerhead volunteers, shows off his LED mask at The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Beakerhead hosted The Ascent in conjunction with the Calgary International Film Festival. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Beakerhead volunteers and ChemEscape Consulting showed how vigorous exothermic reactions are both colourful and exciting at The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. ChemEscape Consulting originally built an escape room for Beakerhead in 2018, and was a spin off from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Education . ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Stiltwalkers took selfies next to the iconic Beakerhead rabbits at The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Behind the rabbits, the Calgary International Film Festival showed clips from their festival going on until October 3rd. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A pie-mobile drives through The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Beakerhead also celebrated artists with roving performers, kinetic, human-powered vehicles, and pastiches of mad scientists. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A Beakerhead stilt walking volunteer dressed as a scientist did some dancing to the fresh beats and cool tracks DJed from atop a fire-spitting turtle at The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Event goers got to listen to live music as DAVID, a 34-foot marionette created by The Underground Circus climbed Devon Tower. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
DJs lay down some firey tunes from atop a fire-spitting turtle during hour two of The Ascent at Eau Claire in Calgary on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The Ascent saw over a thousand Calgarians visit the Eau Claire community to watch the one evening-only event. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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