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Pacific pumpkins bring festive flair

News-Times Photos: Doug Burkhardt

These curiously decorated pumpkins on the steps outside Pacific University's art building (Brown Hall) are the result of Art Professor Junko Iijima's desire to do something fun for her basic design class. She brought in Mark Diamond, a Portland metalsmith and also a friend of Iijima, who had him show her students how to sculpt features onto a pumpkin using oil-based clay.

News-Times Photos: Doug BurkhardtDiamond also showed how to use orange spray to help the scultping blend in. Students sculpted their own pumpkins in a single class period, then voted for the 10 best designs and put those in the University Center, where the general student population also voted.

News-Times Photos: Doug BurkhardtThe winning design is still sitting just inside Brown Hall, Iijima said.

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