Building Lanterns for Winterval

YuKonstruct was pleased to participate in Unlikely Events Yukon‘s Winterval parade again this year.

The theme for this year’s event was “Festival of Lights”. Our makerspace volunteers designed and built 3 large lanterns complete with jack frost and his friends.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped cut lumber, paint the pieces, attach the screens, model for the winter fairies, assemble the lanterns and pull the carts through the snowy streets!


Pride Parade 2016

Saturday June 25th was the Pride Parade in Whitehorse and YuKonstruct was pleased to participate for the second year in a row.

YuKonstruct and (co)space’s contribution to the parade was a wonderfully whimsical float with rainbows, unicorns, truffula trees, bright colours, bubbles, and bikes! After winning “best float” in last years parade, YuKonstruct had a reputation to uphold!

A lot of awesome volunteer hours went into building the float and having fun, colourful, enthusiastic bubble blowers ride with us in the parade. THANK YOU to everyone that came out!

Next up: Canada Day! For anyone interested in joining our float for the parade, we will be re-decorating and riding down the streets with moose instead of unicorns and red and white replacing the rainbows. Here’s more info on the Canada Day Parade. You can also email questions to [email protected]

Building the Steampunk Ball Decorations

YuKonstruct was invited by the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society to build the decorations for the 2016 Steampunk Ball.

While we helped with decorations last year by laser cutting cardboard gears, this year was a whole different story; we were given free reign and a large budget to spend on making décor for the ball. To fit with the “Around the World” Rendezvous theme, our decorations were inspired by steampunk travel.

Volunteers from the Yukon Comic Culture Society and Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society collaborated with YuKonstruct members to design and build a large airship, jacob’s ladder, compass rose, porthole photobooth backdrop and steampunk aviators to decorate the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

Assembled airship
Assembled airship

The large props, like the airship and compass rose, were first designed in 3 dimensions in SketchUp. The designs were then converted into pieces that could be cut out on the laser cutter and CNC using the CorelDRAW and Aspire software. Different materials were used for the different props: the porthole was entirely made of lightweight foam, whereas the compass rose and airship were built from different thicknesses of plywood. Chris Lloyd designed the airship and porthole, and Logan Sherk, our facilities manager, designed the steampunk compass rose. Logan also did all the design and build work for the impressive jacob’s ladder.

Once all the pieces were cut out, they were assembled and painted by an incredible team of volunteers. In total, 21 volunteers helped bring it all together!

YuKonstruct would like to thank the amazing volunteers from the Yukon Comic Culture Society for helping build the props, the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society for giving us the opportunity to do this fun community project and the staff at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for doing the installation and takedown.

12 Days to End Violence Against Women Community Project

YuKonstruct partnered with Splintered Craft, the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, Les EssentiElles and White Ribbon Yukon to make a project for the 12 Days to End Violence Against Women campaign. Over several days we built a large sculpture with the help of many volunteers.

infographic 12 Days

The sculpture depicts a woman walking forward, with the support of her community represented by glowing hands lifting her up.
YuKonstruct member Chris Lloyd designed the sculpture in SketchUP before it was brought to life in the real world.
The 7-foot-tall woman was constructed by wrapping copper wire around a welded skeleton. The 50 supporting community arms were made by “casting” volunteers’ arms with clear packing tape.


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