is an enchanted
land where children laugh and play. Join us and perhaps together, we Can create
places and spaces where Curiosity And delight are commonplace and where children want to
return again and again.
We are John and Kay
Silva. We established Blueberry Sunrise LLC to bring joy and happiness to children.
We specialize in doing work for organizations that help and delight children such
as: hospitals, libraries, guesthouses, museums, parks, schools, playgrounds, zoos, and
Our goal is to provide
high quality designs to various entities that serve children. One of our most
beneficial services is to help adults step back in time to their own childhood and see their facilities through the
eyes of a child. The reason that this is so important is that children process
information differently than adults, and they have different needs.
When children enter a building or
a room they quickly determine if
it is for "kids." If it is, then they want to know... what there is to
do? Our objective is to design environments in such a way that children know
that this space is for them and that there are things for them to do.
We use interactive and educational art, wall sculptures,
mobiles, art furniture, masks, photo-op panels, dolls, activity books, life-size games and
other techniques to fascinate, amuse and entertain children. By providing
interesting and intriguing experiencial art, children will want to return again and again
to your facility.
We want children to play with and
interact with our designs. We want them to analyze how they work, imagine wonderful
thoughts and learn about their world. We want to light up their eyes and tickle
Our greatest joy is to see a child spot
one of our creations and run to it, touch it, study it, and figure it out. When a design attracts children like a magnet and
holds their interest, we know we did it right. This is the yardstick by which we
measure our success.
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Blueberry Sunrise LLC appreciates
your interest in our company and its creations. We also realize that it is important
for you to be able to see examples of our work so it can be evaluated. However, it
is important for you to understand that all drawings, sketches, sculptures, images,
mobiles, photographs, models, etc. displayed on this web site are the intellectual
property of Blueberry Sunrise LLC. Furthermore, please understand that all work is
copyrighted and may not be reproduced or utilized in whole or part in any way
without our expressed written permission and that all rights are reserved .
Thank you in advance for respecting
our property, and treating us fairly.
JOKES AND QUOTES
Click on the red button some of our
favorite riddles, jokes and quotes!
Click on the red button to
see how you can win a free piece of art designed by Blueberry Sunrise LLC by
answering 10 simple questions.
POEM: Blueberry Sunrise
Each new day, the sun feeds her
children with golden nectar. Her heart pulsating and on fire... driven in her
mission and exploding with joy and pride and bursting with love.
Her charges cover the
earth with a blanket of life, and they yearn for the sunrise and anticipate her warm
kisses. Her gentle touch stirs each leaf and flower from its sleep as her light
dances from bud to stem in a dazzling display... awakening nature's bounty.
As each tiny petal
unfolds, the cycle of life continues... electrons whirling, molecules multiplying... all
hurrying to their destiny. The diminutive blueberry growing, juicy and round,
tasting sweet and tart... a gift of sustenance and delight from our creator.
at Blueberry Sunrise LLC hope to bring joy and happiness to all we serve.
riddle 1: 1987 pennies are worth $19.87 and 1964 pennies are worth $19.64.
Blueberry Sunrise LLC offers several
levels of service:
For a limited time, we will evaluate
designs under consideration that were either done in house or by another design
firm. This enables you to get an alternative point of view and hopefully a better
product without any additional cost.
One of the most important services, that we provide, is to help you evaluate the child
friendliness of your facility.
We offer a self-evaluation packet that will assist you in evaluating
your facility. If requested, we can make an on site visit and prepare a report
detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your facility. We can also evaluate your
existing art and determine if it is being used to its full potential. In addition,
we can conduct an in-service workshop providing opportunities for discussion and/or brain storming.
By analyzing how your current spaces
relate to children, and interviewing administration, staff, parents, and patients, we can
make recommendations as to how to proceed factoring in such variables as budget, ease of
implementation, priority sequencing, and assist you with fund raising strategies.
WAY FINDING AND SIGNAGE
We can design and implement unique way
finding systems that are fun and easy to use.
As your designer, we can take general recommendations from your staff, program or master
plan and provide you with specific solutions that will appeal to your primary clients...
children. The end product will be various types of conceptual drawings i.e. plans,
elevations and perspectives.
Perhaps, you have artisans and
craftspeople on you staff or that you have utilized in the past that have provided you
with exceptional services. In that case, we can provide you with detailed
fabrication drawings that will allow them to construct our designs.
If you prefer, we can either fabricate the designs in our studio or we can select an
appropriate fabricator and oversee their work.
We can install the work, arrange to have it installed, or you can install it yourself.
An alternative to having custom designs created for your facility, is to select
pre-designed 2-D and 3-D art, mobiles, interactive art, educational art and art furniture
for your facility from THE TREASURE CHEST OF IDEAS.
Contact us for pricing and other details. Lastly, you can also select items from our
CATALOG OF PRODUCTS.
Sunrise LLC desires to become a international design firm producing
unique projects of exceptional quality that delight children.
THE TEN SECOND TEST
"THE TEN SECOND
TEST": In order for us to considered the various parts of our designs a
success, each one must hold a child's attention for a minimum of ten seconds. To
experience this concept look at any object and count to ten slowly. Was the object
able to hold your attention for the full ten seconds? Most pictures hanging on a
wall cannot pass "The Ten Second Test."
CAN IT BE MOVED? There are two reasons why we do not recommend murals. The
first reason: Paintings on a wall cannot usually pass the ten second test. The
second reason: If the department must relocate, the art looses it appeal or the new
staff would like something different, fixed art is a
OUR EXPERIENCE: Observations,
in the field, indicate that to be able to hold a child's attention for ten or more seconds
the art or design must be either interactive or have an
educational component. We have coined the term "experiencial art" to
describe this type of art, and we feel strongly that "experiencial art" will
become widely utilized in the future.
|1. Design, fabricate and install projects with the highest
safety standards within our ability.
|2. Produce projects with reasonable budgets and minimum
Design art that has an educational component when possible.
|4. Create designs that engage, entertain and encourage
children to interact with our art.
our clients in becoming nationally recognized leaders in their fields.
Manufacture products that are remarkably durable.
|7. Create child friendly spaces that are imaginative,
captivating and beautiful.
Answer to riddle 2: It was built on the north
Devise "way finding" systems and signage that rely on visual information rather
than written words when possible.
QUALITY IS MORE THAN A WORD
Answer to riddle 3: A towel
THE DESIGN PROCESS
- Meet with the client to document
the various needs.
- Develop the program... a written
list of requirements.
- Establish the budget.
- Provide a retainer so the work can
- Develop design concepts and
- Meet with the client to review the
- Revise concepts and sketches and
schedule additional meetings as required.
- Finalize the design, budget and
the scope of work. For example, consultation, design, fabrication and/or
- Establish that changes in the
design beyond this point are costly and are the responsibility of the client.
- Develop detail drawings from which
the design will be produced.
- Work out all details required to
make the project as "bullet proof" as possible
- Purchase materials, cut, trim and
shape each element of the design.
- Assemble the parts of the project
into the final product
- Apply the finishes to the project
- Pack and crate the finished art.
- Ship or deliver the art.
- Install the art.
AND FEEDING OF DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS
As clients, you can be an enormous
help, if you understand how designers and artists work, and you follow a few simple guide
The creative process is not
linear. A design does not automatically flow from point A to point B. Often
the path acts more like a pin ball with ideas ricocheting off bumpers at warp speed...
bells ringing and lights flashing... ideas sucked into black holes and flippers slapping
thoughts right and left ... the palms sweat and the heart pounds...... and on it goes...
until the process is finally finished.
Sometimes the ideas come in such a
stream, you can't write them down fast enough... sometimes you hit a wall... sometimes you
go on a tear working 16, 18, even 20 hours a day... day after day until you can't make
your body go any more, you finish or the inspiration stops. It is stressful,
frustrating and exhilarating. To make matters worse, the project often has a tight
deadline, and it's a wild race to the finish. Art is not a nine to five job.
And, when the piece is
finally completed, it's like giving birth to a baby. Often, you are depleted and
exhausted from the process while at the same time you are bursting with pride.
PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT a good time to say I don't like
When an artist shows you their
creation show please some interest and even some excitement... it is appropriate to say
things like: Oh, what a clever idea and how interesting... and doesn't it look nice...
also, remark as to how long it must have taken... and don't forget to mention how much
skill it took... well, you get the idea. And then... when you have done all that... then
you can say, "but it's not what I wanted."
Regarding commissions, please
remember that artists need to eat, have a place to sleep and have various other expenses.
You can help by paying reasonable fees for their work in a timely fashion.
THE ROAD AGAIN
Typically, we spend our summers in
Chicago, and our winters in Arizona.
Click on the red button to see a compilation of
interesting and innovative designs and ideas gathered from our travels around the country.
JOHN & KAY
is our office manager, and without her skill and effort we could not function. Kay
is also our computer person. She keeps our system running which is no small task
considering we are on the road six months of the year. In addition to her left brain
duties, she is also our doll maker. She custom designs each doll and assembles their
clothing as needed for each project. However, her most difficult assignment is
keeping John on track. Please contact her regarding business matters or to schedule
|On the other hand,
John is the designer and artist... you can usually find him about two blocks northwest of
fantasyland discussing his latest project with trolls and fairies. His job is to
come up with designs that make kids giggle and jump and clap their hands. Responses
from adults are somewhat more subdued and sophisticated. If John has done his job
the "big kids" usually say things like "Isn't that just wonderful?" or
"That is so creative". For John, this is as good as it gets. Please
contact him regarding visual and laughing matters.
Answer to riddle 5: He
was playing Monopoly
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