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It’s October at last, which means that pumpkin carving season has officially begun. This ferociously awesome Tyrannosaurus rex head sculpture was carved from multiple pumpkins by Chris Vierra, one of the amazing sculptors at Villafane Studios (previously featured here).

Vierra transformed a pile of pumpkins into a fantastically detailed dinosaur’s head at the Field Station: Dinosaurs outdoor prehistoric theme park in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Visit the Villafane Studios website to check out more of their phenomenal carved pumpkins. We can’t wait to see what else they do this season.

[via Design Taxi and Distractify]

One of our favourite Halloween season traditions is running around a corn maze. This tentacular kraken maze is located in Lodi, Wisconsin at the Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. The maze covers a whopping 15 acres and the corn plants have grown to a height of 10 feet. If visitors are brave enough, they can even try solving this massive maze in the dark.

Trienen Farm also offers horse-drawn hayrides, a 14 acre pumpkin patch with over 15 varieties of pumpkins, a tractor tire playground, Molehill Mountain double tube slides, corn pit, farm animals, and tasty fall foods. We wish we could go explore it all right now.

Click here to learn about how the Treinen Farm crew created their sea monster corn maze.

[Photos via the Treinen Farm Facebook Page]

Every autumn in Japan, following the annual rice harvest, lots of rice straw is left behind to be hung and dried. While that straw is traditionally used to thatch roofs, some people team up to use it and the same thatching technique to construct awesome straw sculptures over wooden frames.

The subjects vary from giant animals of all sorts, fantastic beasts, vehicles, and even a great big Maneki-neko. Entire straw art festivals have risen up around this activity. The most famous of which take place in Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.

Visit Kotaku for complete photo credits and to view more amazing Japanese straw sculptures.

We know always autumn has begun as soon as Ray Villafane, master pumpkin sculptor and founder of Villafane Studios (previously featured here), returns with a fresh batch of phenomenal gourd carvings.

Ray and his crew were recently in Ludwigsburg, Germany where they attended Kürbisausstellung, Europe’s largest pumpkin festival, and the Jucker Farm in Zurich, Switzerland.

This time, he carved not onto traditional pumpkins, but onto Hubbard squash. A winter squash, the hubbard ranges in color from dark green to gray to blue with orange flesh underneath. They have a tear-drop shape and are often used as a replacement for pumpkins when cooking.

As these photos make clear, hubbard squash are also fantastic for carving. As Ray Villifane said, “Meet the Hubbards. Hans and Heinrich Hubbard. I really love working with these Hubbard squash. A refreshing break from the standard pumpkin.”

We can’t wait to see what else Ray and company get up to this fall. Stay tuned!

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Books + Secret Art = Super Awesome

Today, thanks to Colossal, we learned about an amazing art form called fore-edge painting. Fore-edge paintings are found on the edges of the pages of a book.

"There are two basic forms, including paintings on edges that have been fanned and edges that are closed; thus with the first instance a book edge must be fanned to see the painting and in the second the painting is on the closed edge itself and thus should not be fanned. A fanned painting is one that is not visible when the book is closed."

The fanned fore-edge paintings you see here come courtesy of Colleen Theise at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa. The first one is from an 1837 book by Robert Mudie entitled Autumn.

"Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction."

The second and third books pictured here are Winter and SummerHead over to Colossal to view more examples, including video footage of fore-edge paintings.

Every autumn the people of Jucker Farmart, an amazing farm located in Seegräben, a municipality in the canton of Zürich, Switzerland, organize an awesome celebration of the harvest season in the form of an impressive and entertaining pumpkin exhibition. The annual event attracts visitors from near and far and gives farmers a chance to show off their produce. One of the ways they do this is by assembling their colourful gourds into large and whimsical pieces of art. A different theme for the pumpkin sculptures is chosen each year - usually something relevant to that year’s current events. So this year, because of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the chosen theme was Olympic sporting events. In the top photo you see the Dressage display, photographed by Jonathan Jones

Back in 2010 the theme was dinosaurs. Adrian Senn photographed the awesome pumpkin Tyrannosaurus Rex seen in the second photo. Fearsome though he clearly is, there’s something about that T. rex that makes us want to give him a hug.

Visit Kuriositas to view many more photos of impressive pumpkin sculptures at Jucker Farmart.

This enormous supine beast is a wonderful sculpture created by Italian street artist Never2501. The massive, autumnal piece was constructed using dead trees and roots collected in the forest. No tools or nails were used in the creature’s assembly, all of the components were fit together organically.

Entitled In Cammino Per Trasformarsi Nell’istante Presente (“Moving to transform into the present”), this awesome sculpture can be found in the garden of the Museo Archeologico “Paolo Giovio” in Como, Italy.

[via StreetArtNews]