When leaves rustle and the wind howls, pumpkins become a favored medium for many artists. This gallery features artists with very diverse backgrounds—a musician, a sculptor, a forensic artist, and a farmer—and designs with equally different aesthetics, including pumpkins with flowers, pumpkins with dead musicians, and pumpkins with NYC pride. Check out these elaborate pumpkin carvings from six carvers—they're inspiring, scary, funny, and beautiful!
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This year, Villafane was invited to the New York Botanical Garden, to carve the world's largest pumpkin. He whittled away at the 1,818.5 lb specimen, creating an animated scene of fearsome zombies and demons breaking through the pumpkin's shell. It's a remarkable undertaking, yet one with a short life: pumpkins do not last forever, and neither does the holiday demand.
But that's okay with Villifane; on the limited season for this medium, the artist remarks "It's kind of like that holiday dessert that you only have once a year. Your memories of it are really heightened and you become more emotionally attached to it." When it's not pumpkin season, the artist sculpts wax prototypes of action figures for clients such as DC Comics.