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Boston Pumpkin Carver Predicts World Series Win

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This was the very first Red Sox pumpkin carved by Sean Fitzpatrick In 2004.

 

Professional pumpkin carver Sean Fitzpatrick has carved thousands of pumpkins for clients all over the globe. Perhaps his favorite carving of all, are the ones that bring luck to the home team. You see, Sean has successfully predicted a Red Sox World Series win with his special pumpkins not just once but twice. Fingers crossed he’s about to do it again.  Now you might be saying to yourself,  is this for real? Skeptics might argue but when it comes to this die-hard Red Sox fan, he’ll tell you it’s the real deal. Sean will only carve his special gourd when he has a strong enough feeling. He will typically will carve it  before his team even makes it to the Series. His particular technique of carving allows the pumpkin to last for several weeks, just long enough for the Red Sox to clinch the title, World Series Champions!

 

 

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In 2007 a very confident Sean, carved several of the players in the starting lineup as well as the sox logo!

In 2007, Sean had such a strong feeling of a win, he not only carved the Red Sox Logo, he also carved several of the players from the 2007 starting lineup! Talk about confidence!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will the 2013 pumpkin prediction come true?

 

 

 

So what gave Sean the urge to carve his latest good luck gourd? let’s just call it gut instinct. This year, he decided to create a special pumpkin that follows with the Red Sox support of the Boston marathon bombing victims. The “B Strong” symbol is the perfect inspiration for the home team in 2013. With only a few more days until the series is decided, we’ll all just have to wait and see if this professional pumpkin carver from Saugus, MA can deliver for a third time. Should the Sox win , that should silence the skeptics, at least until the next time the Sox make the World Series. When will that be? Check with Sean, He’ll let you know, pumpkin style!

 

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Professional Sand Sculpting

 

In a world were almost every sand sculptor can call them self a Master Sculptor, there is at least one artist who has the common sence to shun the term. Sean Fitzpatrick, owner and founder of Fitzysnowman.com has sculpted sand for over 20 years and admittedly is still learning new things about the medium. When asked about the commonly used term, “Master Sculptor” this is what he had to say. “I believe the term was originally used to describe the artists of the renaissance period. These artists were most likely still learning as well, but having been commissioned by the Vatican, it gave them a status that other artists of the period could aspire to. In the sand sculpting world, the term is loosely used to differentiate the different categories in a contest. For the same reason the term is used to describe artists that perform at the highest level. In recent years however the term has lost its meaning and even artists with lower skill sets have adopted the title.”

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25 ton recarve sand sculpture rear view.

So how do you know who to hire for your next sand sculpting project given this information? The simple answer is to search for a true professional. A professional sand sculptor is easily identified. They work full-time at his or her craft. You won’t find weekend enthusiasts in this category! They operate their business at the highest level and always give their clients more than they expect. They are courteous, intelligent, friendly, interactive with guests and always own up to their mistakes , correcting them immediately without attempting to shift blame. Professional sand sculptors carry insurance and are fully licensed. They proudly display their own work on their websites and update them regularly. Professional sculptors follow-up immediately on your first request for information. They are knowledgable about all aspects of the industry and can handle  almost any logistical challenge thrown at them. Professional sand sculptors only hire and work with other professional sand sculptors. If you are given an unususlly low price, you should be very cautious. Sand sculpting companies that offer steep discounts typically hire lower quality sculptors in the hopes that your expectations are very low. In the end you will need to trust your gut. There is a lot to be said about first impressions. Make a few calls and test the waters. Then give Sean Fitzpatrick a call and ask him why its better to hire a professional than a Master! You’ll be happy you did. He will earn your business, one grain at a time.

Sean Fitzpatrick can be reached day or night 7 days a week at sean@fitzysnowman.com or directly at 781-249-1494.

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3D Chalk Art

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.

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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.”

3D chalk art by Sean Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can contact Sean Fitzpatrick directly through this site or  you can email sean@3Dchalk.com.

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Professional Snow Sculpting

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.

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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 info@fitzysnowman.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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Cape Cod Sand Sculpture Trail

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.
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!

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Second Annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration

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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How 9-11 Changed my life

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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Pumpkin carving for branding and marketing

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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Sand Sculpting events provide economic stimulus

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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Intellectual property rights for sand sculptors

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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