Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Tombstones

After reading my post on a cemetery in Pittsburgh, a reader sent a halloween project to me that he's had for the past 4 years in front of his house for the holiday. I really loved this idea! He made the tombstones out of rigid foam, using a hot wire, a whole lot of utility blades, and sandpaper. The epitaphs are painted in "Wildfire" paint that only shows in black light and glows in the dark. Wouldn't this make for a spooky entry for your trick or treaters?I love the architectural shapes that he chose, plus they have really beautiful intricate details! They are reminiscent of real tombstone heads that you see littering 150 yr old graveyards. Below you can see some of them in the daylight. As the epitaphs are painted in glow in the dark paint, you only see the actual form of the tombstones. Not as spooky in the light, huh? Don't they look like real stone!



9 comments:

ALL THE BEST said...

That is so cool! I love it!!!

R.J. Gilmour said...

Be the change...
These are wonderful and beautifully designed and crafted...for such a fun holiday...
Thanks for the photos...

pve design said...

I am ready to order one for my very own grave.
You kill me! Cleverly.

Athenaeus said...

What an artist, they're really beautiful forms. Do you know if he models them after real grave markers?

Be the change..... said...

Glad you all enjoyed them, I know I did and I had to share them! I'm not sure what he modeled them after, Athenaeus.

Paul Pincus said...

these are very beautiful. i agree with pve! i'm ready to place an order for my very own tombstone ; )

the details are fantastic! i really admire your readers' dedication, creativity and commitment!

Kwana said...

What a project. Why to get in the spirit!

Derek said...

I admit I had some inspiration from actual Tombstones, but once I got going I was influenced more by architectural styles. It was a lot of fun to make. There are thirteen in the collection, one that looks like a church pew. (not shown here) I have made a few since then for people having 40th birthdays. No two are alike. Glad you enjoyed them!

Head Stone13 said...

Very Nice! It certainly appears Derek has talent in the tombstone department! The first two shots have great spooky Halloween ambience! Thanks for sharing these.
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