Native Son Returns to Create 65 Foot Wide Dragon in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO, August 06, 2014 --( St. Louis area native Dan Faupel and his crew designed, built and installed several large props for a fantasy convention in Salt Lake City Utah including a sixty-five foot wide dragon. Other props included two twenty-eight foot tall guardian sentinel statues, a fake dwarf mine entrance complete with working mining cart, a twenty-eight foot tall castle, and a twelve foot tall "animatronic" rock monster that moves and growls to entertain people.

Dan Faupel grew up in Jefferson County Missouri and recently moved back to the area after spending the last seven years living in Atlantic Beach Florida. While in Florida he operated his own company called Themed Attraction Design, and worked on many different theme parks and attractions including Universal Studios and LegoLand. "I picked up the dragon project and met my beautiful fiance who lives in St. Louis around the same time, so I decided to bring the project to St. Louis to be built," says Faupel.

The large props were designed and fabricated in South St. Louis City at Creative Visions, which is located by the historic Lemp Brewery. Prior to living in Florida, Faupel managed the St. Louis shop for approximately ten years. After completing the dragon project at Creative Visions, he accepted an offer there to return to working full-time as Vice President of the company. Creative Visions is owned by St. Louis native Mark McDonough. Together, Faupel and McDonough have created animatronics and scenic props for amusement attractions around the world.

Faupel hired and trained the Creative Visions crew that constructed the fantasy convention props, and guided the entire process from design to installation. "It took about a year and a half from conception to completion," says Faupel. "I was fortunate to guide a very talented team of individuals on this project, and together we created something really special."

Contact: Dan Faupel - VP Creative Visions/The Attraction Factory
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