The Invisible Underground is the premier studio for creative fruit carving, vegetable sculpture, and edible alchemy. Through installations, still imagery, and video, we reveal the secret vitality and character concealed within the organic material of our carvings. The Invisible Underground creates mind-bending transformations of flora into fauna, bringing hidden life to light.
Creative Director Shawn Feeney's unique approach to organic sculpture emerges from his multifaceted artistic background and fertile imagination. Originally from eastern Long Island, New York, Shawn earned a BA in music at Harvard and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. He also studied forensic art at the FBI Academy and spent two years as a sketch artist for the New York Police, prior to working in the Art Department of legendary visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic.
On Aug. 13, 2013, The Invisible Underground (working with Dairy Queen & Orange Julius) set the first and official Guinness World Record for Largest Fruit Sculpture in Calgary, Canada. In 2012, Shawn created a massive Watermelon Dragon installation out of 14 watermelons, a stop-motion Watermelon Lobster animation, and was a guest on NBC's Today Show. In 2011, Shawn's pumpkin carving skills and fresh concepts helped lead his team to victory on the popular Food Network miniseries, Halloween Wars. He has been invited to carve for the White House, Lucasfilm, the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, Food Network magazine, Ustream, and the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and has been featured internationally in print and on radio.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we share our ongoing adventures in carving through regularly updated photos and videos on TheInvisibleUnderground.com. Our expertise is available in myriad forms: installations and centerpieces, custom videos, illustrations and design, live demonstrations, and carving lessons. See the Services page for more details, and Contact us for inquiries and opportunities.
THERE'S A WORLD GOING ON UNDERGROUNDTom Waits
“Your amazing carvings helped set the perfect scene.”Michelle Obama
“I wrote a Goosebumps book called Weirdo Halloween, and I wish I had those pumpkins on the cover. I will tell you, they are brilliant.”R. L. Stine (Halloween Wars)
“It's amazing, I love everything about it…it's phenomenal.”
“It's totally original, absolutely amazing.”Rob Zombie (Halloween Wars)
“Shawn's sculpture added tremendously to our annual gala. The pieces he made were on theme, on time, and extraordinary! People were talking about them for days after.”$teven Ra$pa, Creative Director,
Black Rock Arts Foundation Fundraiser Committee
“We were thrilled to feature Shawn's stunning artistry at our annual fundraiser event. I can't imagine a better eye-catching conversation piece, I only wish we'd had one for every table!”Leah Atwood, Co-Executive Director,
Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture
“As Shawn worked on our project, he was conscientious, communicative, flexible, and always open to our input. We'd hire him again in an instant.”Jon & Janey
(Watermelon Lobster Save-The-Date customers)
“Having worked alongside of Shawn at various events, it's an entrancing experience!! Watching him tackle new and innovative designs is inspiring for me. He is a true talent and is always willing to share his creativity and talents!! He truly has the gift and I look forward to our paths crossing frequently in the future!!”Chef Ray L Duey, CEC, www.chefgarnish.com
“Brilliant”New York Magazine (Approval Matrix)
“Master vegetable/fruit/pumpkin carver”Huffington Post
“Unbelievable”Michael Symon (The Chew)