Pumpkinnovators: From Gourds to Ghouls

By Suzanne Woolley - 2013-10-25T17:14:06Z

Photograph by Yana Paskova/The New York Times via Redux

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Pumpkin Art

To us, it's a pumpkin. To them, it's "orange clay," as artist and pumpkin carver Sue Beatrice puts it. Once you learn that a number of leading pumpkin carvers make a living sculpting figures for the likes of Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros., the intensity of their 3-D extravaganzas is less surprising -- though they're still awe-inspiring. Who knew you could coax so much expression out of a fruit? (Yep, a fruit.)