Giant Statues Make a Giant Statement!
The Dragon & Sentinels
If you want to compete with an industry giant like ComicCon, you had better start big...really big. This was the philosophy of Josh, the founder of FantasyCon. He wanted to offer his guests an amazing, mind-blowing experience, unlike that of any convention to date. He wanted it to immersive and interactive....and fun!On entering the show floor, he wanted to make a statement, so we developed two giant sentinel statues for guests to pass between as they enter. Standing twenty eight feet tall, these were not just props... they were amazing, huge, imposing, extremely cool statements. They had size and scale you don't normally find in a temporary displays and set the tone for what was to come.And what was to come was even more amazing..a monsterous, three story tall, 63 feet wide, smoke breathing dragon! Of all the pieces we created, this was the one that really mattered. This was the mascot of FantasyCon, and as difficult as it was going to be to pull off...failure was not an option. You see, Josh had promised a bunch of kids from the Make a Wish Foundation that they could meet a giant dragon the night before the convention started, and we had no intention of letting them down.In a feat of engineering and teamwork, everything was ready on time for the grand unveiling.
By day, Eastern State Penitentiary is a historic site that once housed the likes of Al Capone. In September and October though, it converts to Terror Behind The Walls, a collection of amazing haunted attractions, housed inside the prison.This annual event is a Philadelphia tradition that is kicked off by the 'raising of the gargoyles.' Two huge gargoyles, measuring over twelve feet tall each, are hoisted to the top of the prison walls to perch over the entrance.They have proven to be so popular, that they have spawned plush dolls and a local following that has been growing for over a decade. After all these years, the media still covers the raising event and the gargoyles continue to do their other job, keeping watch over the penitentiary.
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