Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation

Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation is a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous national and international awards.

 

42392 Yarrow Central Road

Chilliwack, BC, CANADA

V2R 5E2

604 823 2216

dan@imaginationcorporation.com

Dan Sawatzky

 

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force. He is a visual storyteller extraordinaire. His art career spans more than forty years of magic.  Dan and his crew host Sign Magic and Sculpture Magic Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world.

Friday
Apr182014

A sign for a kraken's pond

I'm still working on the last of the sign designs for The Trinidad project. The bumper boats have been renamed Kraken's Krew. The bumper boats will roam around the giant Kraken who is half in and out of the bumper boat pool.

The sign will reflect this same feeling of course, as always. The yellow life ring is a symbol of the bumper boats.

This sign will be a great warmup for the very BIG kraken to follow. Stau tuned...

-grampa dan

Thursday
Apr172014

Mudding the island

Today was the long awaited day we would begin the conrete work on the bumper boat island. The welding had been done by Matt and Marty before Christmas. The application of the diamond lath has been saved for rainy days and so was ongoing in spurts of bad weather over the last months. With the design, manufacture and testing of the phneumatic fence system above and the wiring and plumbing behind the walls we have been held up wrapping up the lath work until today. There is still some diamond lath to do on the beams but by first coffee this morning we had wrapped up the center portion and six of the 'wooden' columns. These columns were actually perfectly straight structural steel (inside) but the boys had welded up frames to make them bent, twisted and broken timbers and logs. A couple of them appear to have been chewed almost through by Bucky the Beaver. It seems that he simply can't resist a good chew from time to time on whatever is handy.

The end result will be a cue line for the bumper boats with plenty of interesting things to see. Guests will wonder just how the giant wave swinger ride perched above manages to stay upright. Today's effort was actually the result of many weeks of work by our entire team as per usual. They worked their magic today once more to bring this area 'instantly' to life. Here, Jenessa carves Bucky's teeth marks into the structural timber. Her specialized tools of choice... a plastic spoon and a paint brush.

Today's effort polished the cement work off on the 'dirt banks' and about half of the upright timbers. A couple more days should finish the mud on this portion of the project.

The bumper boat island is quickly taking shape - just as I imagined many months ago. The giant mountain behind frames it all beautifully.

In my mind's eye I can clearly see the bumper boats bobbing on the blue water as well as the massive and colorful wave swinger ride perched above. This feature is going to be spectacular when it is finished! Stay tuned for more...

-grampa dan

Wednesday
Apr162014

Spelunkin!

Spelunking is defined as the sport or practice of exploring or studying caves. I don't believe there is a word to describe the art of building one but that is exacly what we did today. The Wilderness adventure area includes a one hundred and twenty foot network of caves under the main walkway leading into the park. It is one of many cool surprises that are there for those who take the time to look.

The cave ranges in height from three foot six up to four foot six. This means our team spent eight long hours applying the mud and then sponging things smooth - all on our knees. Despite the very hard, dirty work the crew laughed and joked through the entire day. The cave earned the name 'pit of dispair' as the day dragged on in the cramped, dark and dreary space.

There were two highlights through the day. One was the finish of the cave mudding in only one day. The second highlight was the fact that it was again WAFFLE WEDNESDAY celebrated by all at lunch break.

It has been a very busy and productive week. One more day to go before we break for the long easter weekend.

-grampa dan

Tuesday
Apr152014

Hitting the wall

I've spent the last two days in meetings in regaard to our next project. The primary engineer and site supervisor was visiting from Trinidad. He toured our current project which is similar in many ways. The goal in the last days was to get the engineers here and there onto the same page in regard to standards and expectations. We discussed methods and timelines for the project. In only two days we accomplished a lot and the time was well spent.

While I was in meetings our crew has been exceptionally busy on site. Today, although a bit on the damp side was still a very productive day. The fiberglass reinforced concrete was applied and carved on the entire first floor of the Summit Trading Post building. It was an amazingly productive day. I sure appreciate the extraordinary efforts of our crew in the last days! I only had tome for one quick picture before I had to head to the airport with our guest. Tomorrow I'll get some better shots.

Tomorrow I'll be back on site and slinging the mud with the crew. Our goal...  complete the one hundred and twenty feet of caves in the Wilderness Adventure. It's going to be a true challenge!

-grampa dan

Monday
Apr142014

COLOR!

As the end of the project comes into sight the work we do becomes more and more finished in nature as the final surfaces take shape. Teams are busy all through the project. Inside the buildings the drywall is being applied. Our team is working on four primary areas. The last of the welding is coming together quickly. The applying of the diamond lath still has a ways to go. The fiberglass reinforced concrete is coming along quickly. The front wall of the park was polished off today and it looks great.

The mountain top got some of it's color today and the building suddenly disappeared becoming a mountainside of note.

Elsewhere in the park work continues as well. The last of the services will go in this week, wrapping up that monstrous part of the project. The next of the rides installation also they began the carousel ride assembly. This part of the park is now all defined and getting colorful. The signs and features we made now fit in perfectly and complete the picture .

It is exciting to see the original vision come alive. Stay tuned to watch it happen.

-grampa dan