A shopping centre in Glasgow wanted to install a Halloween photo-opportunity for their customers and as it was Halloween, the obvious choice was a giant pumpkin that members of the public could get inside and have a photo taken of them peering out of the cut-out eyes and nose.
The pumpkin sculptureThe pumpkin was sculpted in polystyrene
Halloween faceAnd the face drawn on ready to cut out
Aluminium foil is put on the polystyreneTo protect the polystyrene from the hard coat resin we cover it with foil
The hard coatResin and glass matting is applied to the surface of the pumpkin
It was a nice sunny dayWe sanded and finished the pumpkin prop outdoors. One reason for this is because the bright sunlight helps us see any imperfections which we can sand back to a nice smooth finish, and the other is because it was a nice, warm sunny day
The pumpkin interiorThe hollowed out pumpkin prop on its base
Finished and ready to goThe painted and lacquered pumpkin on its base in our workshop
Trick or TreatThe Halloween pumpkin prop in the shopping centre
What we had to do
We had to make sure that the cut-out nose and mouth were positioned in such a way that adults and children alike could look out of them without the height differences affecting the look of the pumpkin face. As it was hollow and also had to be a particularly narrow depth to allow it to fit through some tight spots before gaining access to its final position, we had to make sure it was balanced just right so that it wouldn’t topple and cause injury to the many members of public using it.
So how did we do it?
We sculpted the pumpkin in polystyrene and hard-coated it and then painted and lacquered it. We looked at a few designs and came up with the typical Halloween pumpkin face which, with a few tweaks, we positioned just right so that smaller children could look out through the nose and older children and adults could comfortably see out through the eyes, without compromising the final Halloween look. To make sure that the pumpkin prop was balanced we had to add weight to its lower section and build an integral base which counter-balanced the weight.
The prop arrived a day early as requested by our client and looked great, and, most importantly, it fit through the tight spots and was balanced and safe to use by members of the public.
What our client said
“Just back from taking delivery of the pumpkin, it arrived today at lunchtime, glad we booked it with 1 day in hand! Many thanks again, I’ll send a photo when it is in situ! Ian is really impressed with how it was packaged by the way!”
Philippa Porritt Red-I design & Display ltd