Creating a landmark sign bound for the Arctic Circle

By Dan Sawatzky

Posted on Monday, March 1st, 2021

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We recently received an enquiry from a new client from the far northern reaches of Canada. They were enquiring about a “landmark sign” that would be situated right on the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territory. The Arctic Circle, parallel, or line of latitude around the Earth, is at approximately 66°30′ N. Because of the Earth’s inclination of about 23 1/2° to the vertical, it marks the southern limit of the area within which, for one day or more each year, the Sun does not set (about June 21) or rise (about December 21).

It was an unusual request, even for us. As we talked with the client we learned that the large monument would need to be transported via ice road. We had a weight limit of 20,000 lbs. and to keep costs in check we needed to comply with normal lengths and widths for transport regulations.

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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.

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