The attraction signs of Scallywag Bay
At an attraction, the signs add to the theme and create valuable photo opportunities
By Dan Sawatzky
Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016
The signs for Scallywag Bay are some the most creative and fun of all the signs we’ve ever done. Each sign for the rides and attractions features one of the characters of the park as an “owner” or “operator.” The signs graphically demonstrate the characteristics of these remarkable creatures.
The signs were built using a mix of materials, which was dictated by required detail and strength. The support structures for the signs are sculpted fiberglass-reinforced concrete over a welded steel armature. These were built in sections to allow for transport in shipping containers. Most of the signs were routed from 30-lb. Precision Board HDU with plenty of detail and dimension sculpted on by hand using Abracadabra Sculpting epoxy.
There will be more than fifteen character signs scattered throughout the two-acre theme park. Each one was a delight to create and each one was off the wall a little further than the last. The signs are a fun and effective way to convey the story and characters of the park to our guests. Each is a photo opportunity, and those photos often find their way to social media—providing more advertising for the park.
Dan Sawatzky's shop, Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation, is in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Dan shares his experience in his Sign Magic Workshops on 3-D sign making, and his Sculpting Workshop.