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Grant Hall becoming a Venetian lagoon

You walk through a towering archway to find San Marco Square laid out before you. A grand, two-story façade demands attention across the dance floor, while gondolas wait in side-winding canals to either side.

The two-story San Marco Square main structure takes shape in Grant Hall. (University Communications)
The two-story San Marco Square main structure takes shape in Grant Hall. (University Communications)

Italy? Think again. The 2018 Science Formal will bring Venice to Queen’s, and you’re invited to a sneak peek in support of the United Way.

The Queen’s fourth year engineering students will host an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Grant Hall. The lecture hall will be open to the public for walk-throughs, by donation to the United Way. This is a great opportunity to take pictures and take in the results of three months of hard work.

Claire Phillips (Sci’18), Arts Chair for the project, says the Science Formal is a great way for engineering students to show both the scientific and artistic sides of engineering.

“We have a lot of people that are really creative and artistic,” Ms. Phillips says. “The theme this year is a Venetian masquerade. All of the rooms are based on the concept of guests travelling through the different aspects of Venice.”

An engineering student works on the lettering of sign for the 2018 Science Formal, “Welcome to Laguna di Venezia”. (University Communications)
An engineering student works on the lettering of sign for the 2018 Science Formal, “Welcome to Laguna di Venezia”. (University Communications)

The project covers five lecture rooms in Grant Hall and Kingston Hall. These venues will include the iconic San Marco Square, a glassblowing room, villa garden, canal hallways, and a masquerade ballroom.

“Every engineering student volunteer their time over the course of three months for this event,” says Matthew Clark (Sci’18), Convener and lead of the project. “I got involved as the Convener because I wanted to be part of something unique to the country and university. I can’t think of any other university program that lets engineering students build a two-story structure inside a marquee building on campus.”

You can find out more about the Open House and the Science Formal on the Science Formal website.

Members of the Science Formal Committee pose for a photo in front of the work in progress centerpiece of the 2018 Science Formal in Grant Hall. From left to right: Rob Purcell, Construction Chair; Claire Philips, Art Chair; Matthew Clark, Convener; and Kristen Wadey, Communications Chair. (University Communications)
Members of the Science Formal Committee pose for a photo in front of the work in progress centerpiece of the 2018 Science Formal in Grant Hall. From left to right: Rob Purcell, Construction Chair; Claire Philips, Art Chair; Matthew Clark, Convener; and Kristen Wadey, Communications Chair. (University Communications)