For Halloween 2019, we wanted to make a new display that involved a group of creatures interacting with the environment. As a fan of zombie movies and shows, the choice was obvious. Kevin recruited Chicago-based friends and his Virginia-based mom to serve as models to be wrapped in plastic wrap and duck tape. The forms were carefully cut off, the seams were taped up and the tops and bottoms were attached. The forms were then stuffed and finished with old wigs (thank you master wig designer Kevin Barthel for donating his scraps), dirtied/dyes clothes and internal wooden supports to preserve their poses for the month-long display. While they all faced away from the street, I painted (the approximation of) faces on using spray paint and stencils.
Update: I used these decorations again in 2021 at our new house in Ravenswood Manor. I’ve also posted a few pics of that installation below.
Planning and progress pics:
The finished product: