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The art of the jack-o-lantern

Tue, 10/29/2013

LAWRENCE – It isn’t so unusual to see “knife-wielding zombies” in Marvin Hall. Usually they’re just sleep-deprived architecture and design students intent on finishing their projects before deadline.

However, Oct. 30, something more fiendish may be afoot, when the American Institute of Architecture Students hosts its annual pumpkin-carving contest.

Halloween pumpkin carving has been a traditional activity for KU architecture and design students dating back decades. That’s because the day before All Hallows Eve, it is only natural for ghouls to grasp their blades and go looking for trouble.

Sounds dreadful, but event organizer and AIAS president Austin Griffis opines that KU’s architecture and design students are inclined to slash gently, in a kind and creative way that he promises will not involve chainsaws of any kind, or the Department of Architecture’s precision laser cutter.

“The pumpkins will delight and dazzle spectators, and the work will be judged on the same criteria that is used for diamonds: cut, color and clarity,” said Griffis.

All are welcome to attend the event at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in 216 Marvin Hall. AIAS members will have the first crack at the orange orbs, donated by Hy-Vee, but others are welcome to bring their own. The event will also serve as a kickoff for the AIAS’s annual canned food drive.



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