If you’ve read any of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books by Ransom Riggs, then chances are you know exactly what you’re looking at… and you might have a little trouble falling asleep tonight.

This monstrous melon has been carved by Clive Cooper of Sparks Fly Design (previously featured here) to look like the terrifying head of a Hollowgast,. Specifically the Hollogasts as they’re depicted in Tim Burton’s upcoming movie adaptation of the first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

[via Sparksfly Design

“My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

But my head is made of watermelon.

Okay, so maybe Smaug didn’t say that last line, but we thought of him as soon as we saw this awesome watermelon carving by Italian artist Valeriano Fatica of Ortolano Production.

Click here to watch a time-lapse video of Fatica transforming a humble melon into this fearsome fruit.

Check out the Ortolano Production YouTube channel for more of his fantastic fruit carvings.

[via Twisted Sifter]


We released our fifteenth issue, The Plant Kingdom, on Tuesday. In order to celebrate the issue’s launch with all things fruits and vegetables, we teamed up with Williams-Sonoma and threw a party at its flagship store in San Francisco. Jeff Dawson opened the ceremonies with his Invocation for the Beet. Petcharee Tamawong-Benjamin broke Instagram with her live Thai fruit carving. And finally, our good friends Thomas McNaughton from flour + water and Brandon Jew of the forthcoming Mister Jiu’s came together to demo a multicultural (and all-vegetable) mash-up of the traditional Italian dish, tortellini en brodo. After the performances, Karen Taylor of El Molino Central served up general merriment, along with her heavily lauded tamales. 

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Photographs by Andria Lo