Pumpkin Art on Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC

The Artist

John Vickers Self Portrait

John Vickers is a local festival producer, community advocate and artist.

Since he first began his “Pumpkin Art’ on his front lawn in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood in 1998, this unique art show has raised more than $200,000 for various charities, including UNICEF, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and now the Oak Bay Kiwanis Eliminate Program.

His pumpkins have been presented at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, in New York City and at locations across Vancouver Island. Pumpkin Art became well known in the Capital Region when it was presented for a number of years at Government House in Victoria.

In 2011 the pumpkins came to their permanent home in Oak Bay Village. Pumpkin Art is managed jointly by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and the Kiwanis Club of Oak Bay.

In order to build his display of pumpkins year after year, Vickers carves his pumpkins from life like polyurethane molds. “The process of carving these manufactured pumpkins is considerably longer than real pumpkins however the benefit is they last”, says Vickers. He says his display represents carvings dating back as far as twelve years, a time when he first began experimenting with carving molds. He exclaims some individual pumpkins can take as long as two hours from start to finish.

While not carving pumpkins in October, John is the producer of the annual Victoria International Buskers Festival, the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival and the Victoria International Kite Festival.