Calling what Dan Sawatzky creates "signs" is in some ways a stretch of the definition of the word.
Sawatzky's creations at Imagination Corporation in Yarrow are whimsical sculptures that, yes, usually contain some words and serve as signs for businesses such as ChillAir, Bridal Falls Waterpark and the Hell's Gate Airtram.
Now one of his creations located right across the street from his fantastical new house, which is under construction in Yarrow, has finished third in an international award competition.
In fact, two of Sawatzky's creations were up for the Readers' Choice award in the 2013 International Sign Contest put on annually by Signs of the Times magazine.
One is the hardtomiss sign in Yarrow for Mighty Moose Ice Cream. The other is the Lark Rise Horse House sign in Mission.
"We are always really pleased when one of our signs or projects is honoured," Sawatzky said on his blog at imaginationcorporation.com.
"One of the world's top contests is the Sign of the Times annual contest. Through the years we've had many of our projects honoured with top awards. These awards hang proudly in my studio."
? To find a link to the contest and to see the winner along with Sawatzky's thirdplace sign, visit the online version of the magazine at www.signweb.com.