Take a drive along Route 6A during the holidays, and you’ll be treated to some of the best and merriest of all decorations. We call them “The Giants,” massive glass sculptures that are gracing the lawns of businesses, churches, schools, and libraries.
The sculptures are the brainchild of Michael Magyar, a well-known Cape Cod glass artist and sculptor who first conceived of the idea nearly 20 years ago. It was then he designed a 12-foot high glassblower display from rebar and placed it in front of his business, The Glass Studio of Cape Cod. A few years later, Magyar created a baseball player to honor Ted Williams. It was the beginning of a wonderful tradition.
Since then, Magyar has built close to 60 Giants, a dazzling display of lighted figures. Though you can see many along Old King’s Highway, some of the most remarkable ones are in the town of Sandwich. Among the many on view there are a sculpted fireman guarding the Sandwich fire station, a reader in front of the library, and a giant rabbit at the Greenbriar Nature Center.
Months before the holidays, interested clients come to Magyar with concepts and rough sketches that he refines, and then begins crafting, welding steel rods into massive recognizable shapes. The sculptures are then wrapped in lights, anchored in place, and lit for the holiday season.
When you take the drive to check out these Giants, be sure to stop in Sandwich and visit the studio of Michael Magyar and his artist wife Keiko. Together they create the beautiful glasswork that is on view—and for sale—in their gallery.
The Glass Studio on Cape Cod
470 Route 6A, East Sandwich, MA
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; closed Tuesdays
Studio hours: Glass blowing Thursday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
There are so many delightful holiday traditions on Cape Cod. And one of the best is right here at the Inn—enjoying a warm mug of cocoa cozied up by the fire.