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Photos From Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governor’s Island!

Headless Horseman
The Headless Horseman (All Photos By Gail)

With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, holiday enthusiasts were able to enjoy three solid days of spooky-themed parties and events, which were happening all over the city this past weekend. Halloween in New York City: there is really nothing like it. I’m not much for dressing up, but I do love a good adventure, and this year Geoffrey and I had the most fun ever, at the Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, which had a three-night run on Governor’s Island state park —  which is about 10 minutes by ferry from the southern tip of Manhattan. I’d never been there before, so I was pretty excited to see something new. Adventure time!

Manhattan Skyline FiDi

This is the view of the lower Manhattan skyline in the Financial District, as seen from the island. It is very breathtaking, as you can see. To give you a little background on the park, in 1776, during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), troops raised defensive works on the island, which they used to fire upon British ships before they were taken. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a US Army post, and later, from 1966 to 1996, the island served as a major US Coast Guard installation. There are historic buildings all over and at night it looks like you are wandering around one of those abandoned mental institutions where they do the ghost hunting shows. Very Scary!

Atmosphere Shot

The Jack O’ Lantern trail features more than 1,000 illuminated pumpkins, carved by artists from around the tri-state area, set along a festive, paved, tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries-old buildings. The more ornately carved Jack O’ Lanterns are staged on raised pedestals, and the smaller pumpkins help to light the footpath. It looks pretty cool!

Row of Trees 2

Please enjoy a selection of my favorite photos, which I have grouped together in categories, just because. Let’s get to the Pumpkins OK?

Monsters and Horror Movies and Halloween Iconography

Vincent Price

Vincent Price as a Vampire

Cthulhu

HP Lovecraft Creation, The Cthulhu

The Mummy

The Mummy

Werewolf

Werewolf

Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger

Frankenstein and his Bride

Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride

Pennywise with Monument

Here on the left we have Its‘ Pennywise the Clown as portrayed by actor Bill Skarsgard, and I’m not sure what is on the right. What did not quite make it into the frame is one of the featured artists, who was talking to visitors about what tools he uses to carve the designs and that sort of thing. That was fun.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King

Row of Trees

Here are some spooky trees that I am throwing in the mix as a palate cleanser.

Halloween Michael Myers

Halloween’s Original Bad Boy, Michael Myers

Halloween Michael Myers

Sugar Skull 2

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without some Day of the Dead Skull Action.

Sugar Skull

Fairy Tales and Kid-friendly Characters

Snow White and Apple

The Wicked Queen, Snow White and The Poison Apple

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Monsters Inc.

Monsters Inc.

Celebrities and Pop Culture

Barbra Striesand

Barbra Streisand

GOT

Game of Thrones

In Loving Memory

In Memorium

George Romero
George Romero

Of course, it would not be as spooky and Halloween-themed if the Jack O’ Lanterns did not also pay tribute to recently departed celebrities. There were some really good ones!

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

RIP Adam West as Batman

Adam West as TV’s Batman

George Michael

George Michael

Debbie and Carrie

Mother and Daughter Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher passed away just one apart in December of 2016. Unbelievably sad. This pumpkin was a beautiful tribute to two very talented ladies.

While it’s too late for you to make it to this year’s walk, why not bookmark This Link right now, so you can be sure to not miss next year’s Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns!

Night of 1000 JackOLanterns

See You Next Year! Happy Halloween!

Lyons Wier Gallery Presents: Jae Yong Kim’s Pop Goes The Donut!

Donut Ever Forget Me
Donut Ever Forget Me ByJae Yong Kim (All Photos By Gail)

If you like Donuts and Art, then you will go crazy for Korean artist Jae Yong Kim’s latest exhibit, Pop Goes The Donut, which is up now at Lyons Wier Gallery.

Donut Ever Forget Me Detail 2
Donut Ever Forget Me, Detail

To say that these surreal, fantasy Donut sculptures look good enough to eat is a understatement. But while these donuts are glazed, they are in fact made of glazed ceramic, so resist he urge to bite into one, as it would be hard on the teeth!

Donut Ever Forget Me
Donut Ever Forget Me, Detail

And just look how Instagram-ready they are!

Installation View

Aside from inspiring you to immediately hit up a Krispy Kreme, you’ll love how Kim incorporates the most recognizable motifs of favorite Pop artists like Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Jeff Koons into his various Donut-themed series.

Duet of Donut Soup
Duet of Donut Soup

Kim has a field day riffing on Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans, which he recreates here as Donut Soup. Yummy.

Le Petit Donut Soup
Le Petit Donut Soup

These ones look like Jelly Donuts to me.

Le Petit Donut Soup (Detail)
Le Petit Donut Soup (Detail)

Donut Soup Dozen
Donut Soup Dozen

Pumpkin Spice Donut
Pumpkin Spice Donut

With Pumpkin Spice Donut, Kim references Kusama’s yellow and black spotted Pumpkins.

Donut You Love My Teddy Bear Series
Donut You Love My Teddy Bear (Series)

The colorful, mirrored-surface of the Teddy Bear-Head Shaped Donuts made me immediately think of Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog on a Plate.

Donut You Love My Teddy Bear Series (Pink)
Donut You Love My Teddy Bear Series (Pink)

Buy Sell Hold the Donuts
Buy, Sell, Hold – the Donuts!

Here’s a Donut Grouping that pays homage to the Stock Market! Fun!

Make sure you stop by Lyons Wier to snap some selfies with these donuts before the exhibit closes in just under 2 week!

Jae Yong Kim’s Pop Goes The Donut will be on Exhibit Through May 14th, 2016, at Lyons Wier Gallery, Located at 542 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Signage

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Pig Pumpkins!

Pink Pumpkin Pigs
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Ahh, these little guys are so cute, and even sort of Halloween-like! Instructions of how to make your own Pumpkin Pig family can be found at This Link!