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 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.


Now we are cookin !

With a good sized crew on the go and projects still in the design phase it isn't often I can see a project all the way through personally but on occasion it does happen. The sign for Cookie's Galley was such a project (for the most part). The design was done well over a year and a half ago. I sculpted Cookie at last year's Sculpture Magic Workshop (a year ago) as my demonstration piece. I designed and routed the sign base over a month ago and mounted the bust to it a short while later. Some of our painting crew did the base coats of paint and the brown glaze but I reserved the rest of the project for myself. Yesterday, at last, I squeezed in the time to do the last of the painting to finish off the project.

The finished sign makes me grin. It's more than a little (make that a LOT) over the top - as every theme park sign should be.

I hope it brings a smile to the face of everyone who sees it and adds to the enjoyment of the experience at Skallywag Bay Adventure Park.

-grampa dan


Neigh - a pirate horse!

It's huge fun to see just how far we can push the theme with endless visual gags. Pirates would have a pirate horse of course and we would think that every cliche in the book would apply. So why not a peg ;eg and a pirate patch on his eye. All done in sculpted concrete to easily withstand anything that the guests in the park may dish out.

The sturdy structural frame was filled out with a welded pencil rod armature. The cew then tied on the diamind lath. Today it was time for the sculpted fiberglass reinforced concrete. First a rough coat of our magic mix is troweled on - no easy task, espeially on the upside down bits.

This cement mud is allowed to set just the right amount of time before it is ready to carve. The crew must work quickly, at the same speed and in the same order at which the mud was applied.

The end product is one delightful horse complete with eye patch and peg leg - pulling a rowboat wagon.


-grampa dan


Row, row, row our boat

With the last batch of bigger pieces now out of the shop there was room for the horse and wagon once more. That meant it was concrete day. We decided to tackle the row boat and wheels first. The mud was troweled on and after it had set to just the right firmness the whole crew jumped in to do the carving. As always it was all about detail, continuing to tell the story visually.

Tomorrow the pirate horse gets the treatment. Stay tuned...

-grampa dan