Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.
Over this past weekend, master pumpkin sculptor Ray Villafane and his talented team of carvers were hard at work, transforming three of the largest pumpkins grown in the United States into a crazy sculptural display of zombies and other unearthly creatures. The largest one they carved into weighed an astounding 1,872 pounds. According to Villafane, they were going to use this year’s world record holder but “it sprung a leak.”
This year, a life-size, 6-foot tall standing zombie with its insides oozing out, is seen holding a bundle of pumpkin vines, pulling other zombies out of the ground. The team started out at Grand Central Station and then ended up at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx where their incredible carvings will be on display until October 31.
To see the zombies come back from the dead, you can watch a making-of video here. Also, make sure to check out what Villafane created last year. In my opinion, it’s still the most ingenious zombie pumpkin carving ever.
Photos via [Jeffrey Scott Villafane]