Client: Chinook Blast

Location: Calgary, AB, Canada

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Team Lead/Artist

Paul Magnuson

Big Art


Cam MacNeill

Void Designs


The STAR-QUARIUM is best described as a one-of-a-kind, never seen before, intergalactic aquarium. The main vessel is connected to a gateway through space and time, delivering creatures, flora, fauna and other mysteries from far away worlds. The ”tank” captures the specimens for a short period of time so our scientists, and general public, can observe these magical mysteries before they disappear back through the gate they came from.

This 22’ high, 16’ wide mega structure delivers custom 3D animated content via 560,000 video pixels and an array of intelligent lighting. You can view the entire installation in 360 degrees around and even underneath. All visitors passing by, passing underneath, or viewing from a distance will be treated to video, lighting and special fx normally reserved for touring international artists. Truly a spectacle, the STAR-QUARIUM delivers a safe and entertaining experience truly unique to Calgary, employing 4 local artists specializing in 3D animation, video mapping, lighting design and scenic construction.


A collection of custom 3D animations from local and international artists were utilized in the creation of a 30 minute long performance complete with sound and lighting.


All Big Art projects are designed, built and presented in a collaborative process. Each contributor brings a specialized skillset that requires years of academic and practical training. Many of these collaborators do not identify as artists professionally. instead, they are professionals in their field willing to participate in creating something extraordinary.