Thursday, October 6, 2005

L.A. Paleontologist Moonlights As Pumpkin Artist

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A paleontologist in Los Angeles has a hobby that’s really “seedy”: He carves bizarre sculptures out of pumpkins, cauliflower and cabbage.

Doug Goodreau spends his days embalming dead people at a mortuary and polishing fossils at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, but, during fall, his nights are spent carving up pumpkins into pieces of art.

Goodreau takes great pride in his squash sculptures and insists that artistic liberty is key to creating the ultimate pumpkin design.

He says that’s because “happy accidents” occur during the carving process that lead to completely different – and even better – designs.

The pumpkin artist gets inspiration by walking through the produce aisle and says cauliflower is great for brains, purple cabbage makes great bat ears and orange peels make appealing tongues.

Goodreau is still carving out this year’s batch of pumpkin pieces and may have a hard time topping previous works such as the platypus pumpkin; a “pimped-out rat” featuring a hat and jewelry; and the pumpkin of a nude woman whose breasts glow when the candle is lit.

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