Looking into those empty eyes… Emotionless bones around a large smile striving from the depths of an unknown personality, creepy happiness carefully drawn in most cases by a row of perfectly shaped teeth. I started to wonder where the tooth fairy is when you need it…
I received an email full of pumpkins!!! And I said I should share them with you. Especially now, when we are just 2 weeks far from Halloween. These amazingly grotesque carved pumpkins belong to Ray Villafane, an artist born from a strange, yet genuine passion for sculpting.
Creepy or not, here we go! Enjoy!
Considered to be Picasso of pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane began to make some of his most “ghoulish” creations as an art teacher in a small rural district school, somewhere in Michigan. Researching a little, I found his website: Home of the most ‘gourdgeous’ pumpkins on the planet.
Many times, I meet my friends to cook together in my house, talk and have lots of fun. So, I thought that every time they come, I should throw some themed party. I tried gypsy style, magicians and crazy science. And they were a blast. Now I am looking for something new.
The afterlife… What awaits us beyond the limits of our physical existence and our imagination is more or less a secret. The unknown.
01. Cemetery of the Capuchin Fathers, Rome, Italy (beneath the Church of the Immaculate Conception)
Like a place brought to life from grotesque stories… More than 4,000 skeletal remains believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order stand next to the walls on display. The bones and skulls of the deceased monks are being used for altars, out-of-this-world wall decorations, creepy chandeliers and hideous frescoes. Created to inspire people to prayer and meditation, it looks more like a terrifying sight that gives shivers to the visitors.
Described by Frommer’s as “one of the most horrifying images in all of Christendom“, but considered by Catholic order “a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth“.
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