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For Halloween 2017, I wanted to take advantage of my home’s flat roof and parapet wall to make a decoration that was interacting with its environment. I came up with the skeleton idea, made a crude mock-up and used my own proportions – skull, forearm, fingers, etc. – to plan a creature that would stand 45 feet tall (if you could see it all, which you thankfully can’t).
2×2’s for structure plastic pipe strapping for knuckles
Bones were carved out of 2″ thick rigid wall insulation
The tools of the trade… drywall saw and extendable shop knife.
Roughed in left hand (the one that will be grabbing the porch)
Smoothing the angles with a Dremel
The burrs are then smoothed with sand paper
Some of bones (and there were more!)
Right hand is ready for a final clear coat
Projected the image onto rigid foam wall insulation
Three layers of 2″ thick foam were glued together for the skull.
Starting the carving process. Using a reciprocating saw helped the process go a little faster.
Sealed, base coat and some initial shading
Airbrushing helped to add depth and contrast
Starting the installation
The skull itself is a little over 6 feet. On its frame it’s almost 9 feet tall.
Structure for shoulders (or weird little stick arms)
Left arm: 2x2s with garden netting to give a little more mass without adding weight