Not even the threat of a trick-or-treat-less October can stop this Texas visionary from celebrating Halloween. In fact, his gruesome outdoor decorations have brought police to his door more than once effectively completing the look of his mock crime scene.
Artist Steven Novak, according to the Dallas Observer, has given his neighbors a horrifying glimpse into his delightfully twisted creative mind with bloody depictions of death inside his quiet suburban front yard.
“I’ve always been up to hijinks like flying ghosts or 7-foot tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal,” Novak told the Dallas Observer. “No lights, fog machine, or camp … something that would really freak people out walking by in the dark. So I whipped up some dummies and slung 20 gallons of blood all over.”
One scene depicted in his life-sized diorama resembles a Warner Bros. cartoon gag: A safe has fallen from the heavens to crush a man’s head into the walkway. Another shows a wheelbarrow full of dismembered limbs resting next to a body with a chainsaw in its back.
“I’m most proud of the wheelbarrow tipped over by the street full of Hefty bags, looking like a failed attempt to dispose of the dismembered bodies in the middle of the night.” Novak happily explains. “A kid walked by and asked me what happened to them; I said they ate too many Skittles.”
Even mother nature can’t deter his gutsy spirit.
“It was raining a lot and washing the blood away so I indefatigably ‘watered’ the bodies every morning for a while to the dismay of early dog walkers and joggers saying as they passed ‘Watering the bodies!’”
The East Dallas police have made regular visits to the Novak home because some people are unsettled by the display.
“Neighbors told me cop cars were in front of my house a lot during the day,” the homeowner says. “I was only home twice to receive them. They told me they thought it was cool and that they were only there because they were required to reply to complaints from the sergeant.”
“They were in formation at the door and when I opened it they asked me if it was all mine. I asked, ‘You mean the blood and the bodies? Yeah, that’s me.”
Novak says the finished product is mild compared to his original ideas.
“Honestly, though, I think I could’ve used more,” he says. “[My plans] were way worse on paper. Next year though!”
Photos by Steven Novak
Source: Dallas Observer