Sacred Defenders of the Universe

There is a hero in us all. On now until Nov. 2023

The newest digital immersion experience at TELUS Spark Science Centre,  Sacred Defenders of the Universe,  transforms the 3,000 square-foot space into a vibrant floor-to-ceiling journey inside a graphic novel that follows four Indigenous superheroes – Aqueous, Embers, Terra and Aireus – as they seek to bring back the balance on Earth between humility and respect for the land, and the excessive destruction of human ego.

Visitors will become immersed in the story – interacting with each of the digital elements, creating waves and wind with their movements, igniting their senses with sparks and fire, and growing plants and mycelium. Through the story, visitors will discover Indigenous science through the Circle of Life, the four elements and directions, and key words in local Indigenous languages.

Sacred Defenders of the Universe  was created and built by TELUS Spark Science Centre. This Indigenous-led story was created by Justin Jack Bear and Earl Benallie, animated by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, and produced in partnership with Supply and Demand.

Aligning with Spark’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, the creative and production teams consulted closely with local and national Indigenous community members and the Spark Indigenous Advisory Circle to connect the story with local Treaty 7 stories and the lands across Turtle Island.


The Sacred Defenders of the Universe digital immersion experience was made possible through the generous support of Prairies Economic Development Canada, the Government of Alberta and Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

TELUS Spark Science Centre gratefully acknowledges the City of Calgary, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada for their support of Phase One of the Good Chemistry Campaign. Le Centre des Sciences TELUS Spark reconnaît avec gratitude la Ville de Calgary, le Gouvernement de L’Alberta et le Gouvernement du Canada pour leurs support de la Première Phase de la Campagne Good Chemistry.


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