You may know Ray Villafane as a sculpting master from Food Network. If you’re in the New York City area, you will get a chance to see his work beyond the TV screen until Halloween. Villafane and his team of pumpkin carvers worked with the New York Botanical Garden this past weekend as part of the Haunted Pumpkin Garden exhibit to transform massive pumpkins from all around the country into a spooky scene that is sure to creep you out. The pumpkins weighed as much as 1,872 pounds! We got a chance to see the end of the pumpkin carving this past Sunday, and this is what we saw:
You can see a life-size standing pumpkin zombie rising from the soil, pulling pumpkin vines that are attached to other pumpkin zombies in the garden. Take a close look at the masterful detail involved in carving the guts, which were cut open harakiri style, spilling out of the terrifying pumpkin zombie.
The haunting extended beyond and throughout the children’s discovery garden, where jack-o-lanterns joined more of these zombie-faced pumpkins.
Villafane’s work will be on display until October 31, after which the pumpkin will be recycled into the botanical garden’s green soil program.
What do you think of Ray Villafane’s work?
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