The Bigger Picture: The Great Rotumpkin

October 31, 2023 By Mike Mather, Mike Mather,

“In the dark shadow of the grove, on the margin of the brook, he beheld something huge, misshapen, black and towering. It stirred not, but gathered up in the gloom like some gigantic monster ready to spring upon the traveler.”

Washington Irving’s description of the Headless Horseman could just as easily apply to the Great Rotumpkin, the annual transformation of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda into a backdrop of skeletons, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and ghouls that tower “like some gigantic monster” over passers-by, including hundreds of children and families heading to Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn Halloween night. 

The projected images, made possible by artist Jeff Dobrow and sponsored by UVA Arts, have quickly become an anticipated Halloween tradition at the University. 

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