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August 29, 2006 3:44 PM   Subscribe

If you love gourds but can't stand their gourdly shapes, then Dan Ladd is the artist for you. By snatching young gourds from their parents & stuffing them into unyielding molds, Dan ends up with remarkable natural shapes, organically grown sculptures that bear amazing details.
posted by jonson (27 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
My gourdness that is kind of creepy and interesting all at the same time. Its like bonsai kittens without the kittens.
posted by maxpower at 3:48 PM on August 29, 2006


Can you hear the screaming of the gourds? (And the trees?)
posted by gottabefunky at 3:49 PM on August 29, 2006


Follwing the oddly shaped bouncing gourd.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:59 PM on August 29, 2006


[this is good]
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 4:17 PM on August 29, 2006


Yeah, weird, but very cool.

(Do they make anyone else sort of uncomfortable on some level?....my 'that ain't right' sense is vexed.)
posted by LooseFilter at 4:23 PM on August 29, 2006


Positively ungourdly.
posted by Malor at 4:27 PM on August 29, 2006


I find the torso gourd just flat-out unsettling. And yet delicious sauteed with butter!
posted by scody at 4:41 PM on August 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


You grew it up! Gourd Damn You all to Hell!
posted by isopraxis at 4:49 PM on August 29, 2006


Those are the coolest things! I so want to try this...
posted by yodelingisfun at 4:49 PM on August 29, 2006


This is why I love metafilter. Thank you for this weird and wonderful stuff.
posted by foozleface at 4:59 PM on August 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


They are really cool. I wish I had thought of that!
posted by WaterSprite at 5:18 PM on August 29, 2006


For gourdness' sake!

That stuff is crazy. I've seen the square watermelon trick before, but this is a whole new level of plant art.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 5:22 PM on August 29, 2006


Wow. Cool.
posted by Toecutter at 5:40 PM on August 29, 2006


I haven't seen Screaming Trees since I was 15
posted by FeldBum at 6:02 PM on August 29, 2006


(Do they make anyone else sort of uncomfortable on some level?....my 'that ain't right' sense is vexed.)

No, not uncomfortable at all. In fact I think* they're great. I'd love to have one of those.

*The opinions presented here are not those of someone who has ever been accused of having good taste.
posted by lekvar at 6:22 PM on August 29, 2006


gourdgeous.
posted by Hat Maui at 7:44 PM on August 29, 2006


people think of the zanniest things! ZANNY!
posted by tarantula at 8:55 PM on August 29, 2006


Very cool. I want to try this now.
posted by fshgrl at 9:37 PM on August 29, 2006



     Al Gourd
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:05 PM on August 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


so now the 'beauty myth' extends to vegetables as well...the bottom-heavy gourd--faced with the endless covers of bon appetit featuring slender carrots, lissome legumes, and enhanced tomatoes--resorts to self-mutilation to gain acceptance...
posted by troybob at 10:43 PM on August 29, 2006


Now if somebody could just adapt the technique to improving this pursuit...
posted by pax digita at 5:10 AM on August 30, 2006 [1 favorite]


jonson, does your fascination with oddly-shaped gourds have anything to do with being raised on square hard-boiled eggs? ;)
posted by lagreen at 6:05 AM on August 30, 2006 [1 favorite]


Yes yes yes, this is great.
posted by OmieWise at 6:18 AM on August 30, 2006


lagreen, if they get chickens to LAY square eggs, everybody would be happy.

Except the chicken.
posted by Enron Hubbard at 6:19 AM on August 30, 2006


At one point, I had a link to a site that sold molds for squash, they were really simple; squares, triangles, hearts, and maybe a grumpy face. It's driving me nuts that I can't find the link.
posted by dejah420 at 1:11 PM on August 30, 2006


Huh. Not sure if this is the same site, but here's a link for you, Dejah
posted by jonson at 10:12 PM on September 5, 2006


That's them! Oh, thank you, thank you!
posted by dejah420 at 9:55 PM on September 6, 2006


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