January 30th, 2013
3D chalk art has a long history and is known by many names. Some of those include 3D street painting, chalk painting, and my favorite anamorphic art. This form of art and painting dates back to before the 16th century. The process begins by determining the viewing hight and distance from the painting. Once the proper figures are calculated and reference lines are established, the drawing can then be transferred to the grid and the painting or chalkinging can begin. When viewed from any other angle or height than the desired view point the painting looks distorted. When viewed at the proper view point, an illusion of depth and 3 dimensions is achieved.
World famous sculptor and ephemeral artist Sean Fitzpatrick recently launched his new website www.3Dchalk.com to showcase his talents with anamorphic 3D chalk drawing. While many of his clients are corporations and event planners, Sean also works directly with private clients to create temporary and permanent showcase pieces for home, office, or corporate headquarters all over the United States and beyond! In addition to his new venture, Sean also features exquisite sand snow and ice sculptures and fabulously detailed pumpkin carvings. When asked about his new-found passion for 3D chalk, he replied simply,”3D chalk fits seamlessly with our mission statement of creating an art form that is a metaphor for life.”
You can contact Sean Fitzpatrick directly through this site or you can email sean@3Dchalk.com.
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November 21st, 2012
You’ve seen the photos online. You may have even been lucky enough to see a professional snow sculpture in person. These highly detailed sculptures created using compacted snow never cease to amaze and entertain. With winter approaching you are probably wondering where you can find these amazing displays this season. Your best bet would be to visit the website of Fitzy Snowman Sculpting. The incredibly talented sculptors at Fitzy Snowman have been creating snow sculptures for clients all over the country for over 12 years. Their expertise stretches well beyond your typical snowman, They can also organise small and large-scale competitions and full-scale winter festivals. There is even an option for group and family activities led by world-famous sculptor Sean Fitzpatrick. Some other options they offer include full size snow or ice bars, full seating areas and outdoor snow lounges, live carving performances and team building activities. There are endless possibilities this winter for over the top entertainment.
Snow sculpture for the Dew Tour
If you are an avid skier and are looking for something new at your favorite ski resort or lodge, why not mention Fitzy Snowman Sculpting to the event director. Ski resorts are constantly looking to offer their guests new entertainment options to make them stand out and keep you coming back year after year.
If you are planning a winter wedding or proposal, Their professional snow sculptors can give you a truly white wedding or magical setting for that perfect moment she will always remember.
For more information on professional snow sculpting services email email@example.com , place a call at 781-249-1494 or use our contact form on this site. We’ll be glad to pass on your request!
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August 3rd, 2012
If you plan on heading down to the Cape this summer, you don’t want to miss Fitzy Snowman’s amazing Cape Cod Sand Sculpture Trail. The trail currently consists of over thirty five sand sculptures created by Fitzy Snowman artists, Sean, Tracey and Ryan Fitzpatrick and visiting artists Suzanne Altamare and Fred Mallett.
Your first stop on the Trail will be Mashpee Commons. There you will find the first three sculptures that were created for the New England Sand Sculpting Invitational.
These are expected to be on display through mid-August and were themed “Summer Blockbusters”. After checking out the sand sculptures, grab a bite at one of several fine restaurants or browse through dozens of quaint boutique shops in Mashpee Commons. At this point you will want to head east route 28 towards the Town of Yarmouth. Your first stop will be the Hampton Inn of Yarmouth. As you pull in you will notice the first of sand sculptures located in Yarmouth. I would suggest spending the night in one of their beautiful rooms before venturing out on your hunt for the remaining sculptures. If you still have energy and wish to continue your journey grab a sand sculpture map at the front desk or at the Yarmouth Visitors Center and start your hunt. There are 28 total 2 ton business sculpture scattered around town along with 3 giant sculptures located at Smuggelers Beach near the Red Jacket Resort.
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After you suceed in finding all 31 sculptures in Yarmouth you will want to head up the road to Cuffy’s of Cape Cod, located on Rout 28 in West Dennis. There you will find the largest single sand sculpture on all of the Cape. The sculpture weighs in at a staggering 22 tons, takes up 100 square feet and is over 9 feet tall from its base. If you can’t make it down to the cape this summer, be sure to make your plans for next year. We plan on doing over 50 of these amazing sculptures!
May 16th, 2012
For immediate release 5/16/2012. World renowned master sand sculptor Sean Fitzpatrick of Fitzy Snowman Sculpting will be returning to West Yarmouth this summer to execute the largest single sand sculpting exhibition in the North East United States. He will be accompanied by three other international superstars of sand sculpting, Suzanne Altamare, star of Sand wars and Sand Blasters, Fred Mallett, international world traveler and award-winning sand sculptor and Tracey Fitzpatrick, expert organiser, logo carver and the overall glue that holds this illustrious team together. In total they will be creating 32 exhibition sculptures at business throughout the town of Yarmouth along with three giant sculptures at Bass River Beach. The public is invited to watch the sculptors build these artistic creations. In addition, attendees are welcome to participate in amateur sand sculpting contests at the Beach on Wednesday, June 27 and Friday, June 29. The event runs from June, 24th – 29th.
But there’s much more than just sand. Join the fun at Sunday’s “Salsa by the Sea” Latin dance workshop and demonstration, two and four-line kite demonstrations along with a limited inventory of complimentary kite kits for youngsters, an evening ice cream sampling, morning nature walks, a fishing clinic and derby, Cape Cod Sailing Regatta hosted by the Bass River Yacht Club, home Cape League baseball games featuring the Y-D Red Sox including a visit from Wally the Green Monster and canine Frisbee entertainment, stunt bicycling demonstrations, a Summer Celebration Festival with local raw bar, Captain Parker’s award-winning clam chowder, hot dogs, ice cream novelties along with wine, beer and soft beverages, not to mention live beach music by Doctor Rock, a four-piece band headlined by Freddie Ghioto of Freddie and the Maybellines fame and, last but not least, family cartoons on the “big screen” followed by spectacular fireworks finale set to music at dusk.
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September 13th, 2011
I have never shared this story with anyone outside of my family circle. I thought today would be a fitting day to do just that. This story actually starts in 2000 a full year prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001. I was working as an automotive technician at a local Ford Dealer in the Boston area. I had recently discovered the art of sand and snow sculpting and was contemplating if I would ever be able to transition from my job as a full-time mechanic to full-time artist. The idea of supporting a family of five by selling snow sculptures did not impress many people as a very popular business plan so I decided that I would stick to my day job to raise my family and only focus part-time on my artistic endeavours.
Fast forward to September 12, 2001. There are few things capable of completely changing one’s outlook on life. The events of September 11th 2001 were certainly more than enough to create a cause to pause and reflect on one’s life. I can’t say that immediately after the events unfolded on that tragic day that I somehow knew that I would be making a life altering decision in the near future. I did know deep down that life as we all knew it would be changing. Perhaps it was that knowledge alone that drove me to be in control of exactly how my life would change.
As the surreal images continued to flood the airways and fill television screens for what seemed like endless hours , days and weeks on end, the image of how my life would change direction began to take shape. Out of the suffering of others, I felt a deep need that demanded to be filled. Now more than ever I was more focused on sharing my art with the world. Art, much like music has the ability to inspire others.Ithas the innate ability to uplift he spirit and help heal. i could see no other direction that my life could possibly take from there after.
Fast forward to September 12, 2011. As I sit here typing these words, a full 10 years and one day later, I know that I have been transformed by those events. I have since devoted my full-time career to my art. In 2006 after several years of increased focus pushed unconsciously by way of the events of 9-11, I successfully made the transition to a full time artist. It is only now that I see that. It would seem, to me any way, that tragedy can also be a powerful motivator. Some how I know that I am not alone and that countless others have walked on the same path. I think we all owe that to those that gave their lives on that day.
On September 17, 2011 I will be unveiling a special sand sculpture dedicated to everyone living and deceased that have been touched by the events of 9-11. At The 2nd Annual Braveheart Awards I am hoping to continue to uplift and inspire everyone in attendance… one grain at a time!
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August 28th, 2011
Summer is winding down, the kids are heading back to school, and your boss wants fresh new ideas for the fall marketing campaign. Perhaps it’s that new grocery store opening that has to be special, but not over the top. Maybe its a fundraiser or even a special client looking for something that screams fall.
With three simple words, I can provide solutions to all of these challenges; ‘ Professional Pumpkin Carver”. In the past few years Halloween has grown wildly in popularity, rivaling only Christmas as the number one spending holiday. This surge in popularity has spawned a new breed of extreme artist.
The professional pumpkin carver is born from a combination of talent and demand. They have elevated the ordinary jack-o-lantern to a new level of amazing art. It takes more than just being able to carve a cool pumpkin to be considered a professional pumpkin carver, however. A true professional needs to be able to maintain a consistent quality of work while meeting the demands of many clients at once. Whether it’s a live performance, or a simple centerpiece for a wedding, it is imperative to follow through on each project with passion and integrity.
The great thing about working with a professional pumpkin carver is that the art form transcends all social barriers. What began as a form of folk art in Ireland, where locals would carve turnips, has risen to entertain the masses at venues from county fairs to five-star cocktail parties.
The value in hiring a true professional pumpkin carver will be easily apparent the moment you begin your search. There are literally less than a dozen such professionals in the United States and many of them book up weeks, months and in some cases years in advance. So start your search early and don’t give up hope, if you can’t get someone for your next event , find out from the artist when he or she is available, by being flexible you will increase your chances for a successful booking and a really cool entertainment experience.
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August 21st, 2011
No matter where you live in this country , it’s impossible not to feel the effects of the current economic situation. Just about every aspect of business has seen some type of negative effect over the past few years. Even though many corporations have recovered, posting record earnings, there remains the uncertainty of just how to reinvest those profits. As a professional sand sculpting event consultant, it is my job to let my clients know that a professional sand sculpting event is still one of the best investments a corporation, investor or community can make.
Sand sculpting events appeal to a wide range demographic and are in most cases family friendly events. This makes them an attractive option for local communities, marketing agencies, the hospitality industry and even the local and nationally media outlets. A well-organized sand sculpting festival can generate millions in economic stimulus and inspire social change.
Community benefits. A well produced professional sand sculpting event can give a community positive name recognition. Many communities struggle to find an identity of their own that helps them stand out, not only in their own region, but on the world stage. Such was the case for the City of Revere , home of America’s first Public Beach. In the early to mid part of the 20th century, Revere Beach thrived as a vacation destination for thousands of people each summer. It’s beach side charm and Coney Island sensation kept people coming year after year. In the later part of the 20th century Revere struggled to hold onto that reputation as a family fun destination. The amusement parks were replaced by ugly towering cement condos. Crime and gang violence took a tight hold on the area. In 2004 Fitzy Snowman Sculpting proposed a sand sculpting event that would turn all that around. The event was initially met with resistance from members of the Revere Beach Partnership who had been unsuccessful in previous attempts to create a signature event for the city. Those critics were soon silenced in the Summer of 2005 when close to 100,000 people flocked to the beach to witness history in the making. The three-day event had been dubbed one of the most successful events not only in the city of Revere but in the entire state of Massachusetts. Fitzy Snowman Sculpting was not only able to design a first year event that made a profit, but also accomplished every goal that was set forth in the mission plan. The event garnered positive national media coverage and more importantly, the approval of the entire community. As a direct result of the creation of that event, hundreds of millions of dollars have been dedicated to the improvement and redevelopment of the region. Additionally millions of dollars have been infused into the local community through increased area tourism since the creation of the event.
Social impact. Events like this have also has a huge social impact. Prior to the event in 2005, civic pride in the City of Revere was at an all time low. Since then however, the positive impact has given residents and community leaders something to brag about. Once a city that was better known for political corruption and gang related crime, Revere is now well known on the world stage as a sand sculptors paradise.
It is important to note that simply hiring a professional sand sculptor will not guarantee you a successful event. There are multiple facets to any event such as logistics, promotion, marketing, PR and communications and social media. Without someone on board who has the understanding and expertise in all of these areas, the road to a successful event can be a long painful journey. To learn more about creating a successful sand sculpting event in your community, check out the contact page here and drop us a line.
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July 24th, 2011
Recently, by way of a few online forums, I became aware of an issue that I thought was in need of some serious attention. As a professional sand sculptor I have become used to having photographers of every skill level taking photos of my work. Until recently, I never gave it much thought about where those photos would end up or even for what purpose they may be used. Many of you reading this have undoubtedly at one time or another received an email containing photos of several of the coolest sand sculptures ever created. The lingering question that remains is, who exactly holds the intellectual property rights to these photos? I hope to clear up all the confusion surrounding this complicated topic
Intellectual rights In almost every instance it is the photographer that owns the intellectual property rights of his or her photos. The confusion seems to arise when those photos contain works of art. When a photo contains something that is protected by copyright law such as a painting or sculpture it can not be reproduced without permission from the creator of the painting or sculpture. Even if only a portion of the painting or sculpture appear in the photo, permission still may be required. There is no set standard on how much of the work appears in the photo. The key factor is something referred to as “substantial part”. If a recognisable element of a sculpture is featured on a photo no matter how small, permission for use is required.
Some exceptions If a photo is used for a news story or as part of a critique then no permission is required for one time use. Additionally if a sculpture or work of art is on permanent display in a public area then there are no restrictions set on commercial use. This rule does not apply to works of art on temporary display.
Known violations You may think that professional photographers are the biggest offenders of these rights. The truth is that professional photographers are well aware of copyright and intellectual property law. Many of them have been exposed to the same infringement as the artists and sculptors I have mentioned in this article. With the age of the cell phone camera and photo sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook it is not only the average person but also a horde of internet entrepreneurs that have taken the top honors when it comes to copyright infringement. There are currently no less than two dozen iPhone and Android apps that contain unauthorised use of professional sand sculptors artwork. In addition get rich overnight bloggers regularly steal these images from Flickr accounts to attract more visitors to their blogs.
Stop the abuse I’m not advocating a massive class action law suit to put an end to this rampant abuse of intellectual property rights. There are easier ways you can help put a stop to this abuse and protect your intellectual property rights. To report violations in the Android market follow this link. To report violations to the Apple market follow this link. The best way to protect yourself as an artist is to be aware. Try doing periodic searches on the internet. A good search term is “sand sculpture calendars”, another is” sand sculpture photo books”. If you find any evidence and feel your rights may have been violated, try contacting the author or publisher directly. It never hurts to try to settle these disputes out of the court room. If you feel you are not getting any results, it may be time to contact a copyright attorney. The next time someone asks to take a photo of one of my sand sculptures I will kindly say, “yes, for your personal use only.” If someone is thinking about using my work for profit, hopefully this will kick-start the necessary conversation…One Grain at a Time.
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July 13th, 2011
Yup, the title says it all! I’ll leave it at that and let you check out my recent experiment in carrot sculpture. By far it has been the most stable ephemeral medium to date. If you are looking for an inexpensive carving medium to hone your carving skills then this is the medium for you. Hey, at least you won’t be a “starving artist”.
I hope you all enjoy!
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July 3rd, 2011
I have been creating sand sculptures at public and private events all over the world for almost 20 years now. It has always been in the back of my mind that someone might not be able to resist the urge to destroy one of my creations. I could not even imagine how I would react if that had ever happened. Unfortunately I was about to find out.
At a recent public event in Yarmouth MA, vandals destroyed roughly 40 hours of hard work that my team and I had put into a centerpiece sculpture for the Summer Kick Off Celebration. My team and I were just finishing up breakfast and getting ready to hit the beach for our second day of carving when I got the call from parks and recreation director Pat Armstrong. I could tell by the tone of Pat’s voice that something was wrong. ” You’re not going to see what you left last night” , she said, noticeably upset. “It’s pretty bad.” My first reaction was to remain calm and try not to over react. When we arrived on scene, we found that the top three feet of our ten foot sculpture had been knocked off and all of the carved detail that we had done the day prior was wiped clean. In its place were scratch marks, gaping holes and the word sorry scratched into the surface.
At that point my team and I could have given up and explained to Pat that recovery from such a devastating attack was not possible. What we did do, after the police had finished with their initial investigation of the scene, was get right back to work with our trademark “failure is not an option” attitude. Fortunately for us, we had done such a good job prepping the sand, that it was difficult to do little more than surface damage to the sculpture. The main body, less three feet in height, was still intact. We made a promise to Pat and the residents of Yarmouth that our finished design would be even better that our original plan. That same spirit was also reflected in a particular group of life guards who volunteered to hold nightly watches over the sand sculpture to prevent the possibility of future attacks.
Over those next two days, as we completed the sculpture the outpouring of support from the community leaders , residents, media and tourists was incredible. What ever the vandals were trying to achieve by destroying our hard work, they failed. The one thing they did do was bring added attention to sand sculpture as a legitimate form of public art. Thousands of people turned out to view the progress of the sculpture and many more will continue to enjoy it over the next few weeks. Yes, I think we kept true to our promise to Pat and the Town of Yarmouth.Our sculpture was received very well by the thousands who came to see it. We were even able to include an additional element into the sculpture to pay tribute to all the life guards that graciously volunteered their time to watch over it each night. There were a few people who were quick to blame the attack on the irresponsible young people. I will make the point that this group of young people, under the direction of Pat Armstrong, were some of the most admirable group of people that this artist has ever met.
The police are still investigating the incident. While it is not the crime of the century, destruction of public art is considered a felony in most states. If the suspects are caught, I would suggest to the judge hearing the case to consider having them volunteer to help us prep all the sand for next year’s event. Perhaps if they experience all the hard work that goes into creating a sand sculpture , it will make them think twice about ever destroying one again…One Grain at a Time.
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