Amazing Fruit Carving Transforms Watermelon into a Shape-Shifting Lantern

Watermelon Carving

Certain foods lend themselves well to becoming works of art. Watermelons, with their hard rinds, produce incredible edible sculptures that will make you rethink how you look at fruit. Recently, a watermelon carving out of China has blown us away with both its intricate detail and clever engineering.

A short video demonstrates how this awe-inspiring carved watermelon works. At the beginning, the rind appears to be etched into a fancy design—nothing else. But, that's just a ruse; its outer layer has been fashioned into an interlocking pattern that's as practical as it is decorative. The rope attached to the top of the watermelon reveals its amazing surprise. Upon lifting, parts of the rind have been extracted into four sections. The links wrap around one another to transform the watermelon into an elongated hanging lantern.

Aside from the rope, the watermelon completely supports its own weight. The careful cutting allows the links to slide effortlessly into one another, and the toughness of the rind ensures they won’t break. Now, all that’s left is to put a light in it and enjoy the rest of summer.

This watermelon carving showcases an incredible amount of engineering.

It's turned the fruit into a shape-shifting lantern. Watch the whole thing:

h/t: [Reddit, The Awesomer]

All images via video footage.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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