What happens when an architect carves a pumpkin?

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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 am

Here's what happens when you ask employees at an architectural firm to put their best design forward for a pumpkin-carving contest.

Brad Beal, a plumbing designer, won this year's competition at Omaha's Leo A Daly by building a bird cage complete with a parrot pumpkin and birdmates made of gourds. This marked another win for Beal, who has won nine of the last 10 contests.

Among Beal's past winning entries were Mr. Pumpkin Head (inspired by Mr. Potato Head), a Ferris wheel pumpkin scene, a pumpkin spider and a pumpkin motorcycle chopper.

Finishing with the second-most votes among colleagues this year was architect Zach Klebba's "Chunkin Punkin" -- shown here to the right of Beal's arm.

Third place went to J.P. Thurman for "Captain Spaulding's late night snack," the scary-clown pumpkin shown here, named for a Rob Zombie character who was named for a Groucho Marx character.

One wise guy (structural engineer Ryan Curtis) was apparently inspired by the Modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and submitted an uncarved pumpkin titled, "Less is More."

All entries were displayed at the firm during its annual Halloween party.

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