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Zombie Pumpkins In The New York Botanical Garden

Think you know Halloween decorations? Take a look at this: Using a 1,693-pound pumpkin, Ray Villafane created a life-size zombie art exhibit that is now on display at the New York Botanical Garden.

The carving process began on October 20 and ended on October 21, during which Villafane and his team spent hours scraping, cutting, tearing, de-seeding, and constructing numerous pumpkin pieces, the most impressive being the aforementioned life-size zombie.

Villafane’s exhibit is part of the New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Pumpkin Garden, an event that promotes the artistic uses of pumpkin in displaying the holiday’s themes.

Check out the video below the following photos to see Villafane working away on the life-size zombie.

Taking a look at Villafane’s artistic studio, Villafane Studios, one sees that the man’s passion for pumpkin art goes well beyond the New York Botanical Garden. Here are some of our personal favorite:

Ray Villafane and His Pumpkin Art

So you think you can carve pumpkins? Sure, I thought the same thing, too. I did some tracing of a design, cut chunks out without cutting myself, and totally stuck a candle in the hollowed bowel – classic pumpkin art. This, though, took my breath away: Ray Villafane, an artist from New York, carved up one of the world’s largest pumpkins, creating a scene of zombie bursting forth from the pumpkin’s belly.

Check it out: