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Doom sculptor's latest work is demonically good

Handmade, light up cacodemon will add luxury and pants-wetting terror to any home

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Pop sculptor Jason Hite loves Doom. That's why he built an amazing piece of demonic art that now hangs on John Romero's wall in Ireland. His latest work is a one-foot diameter, three-dimensional, light up cacodemon. Horns and all, it's nearly two feet across. After eight months of work, it's a sight to behold(er).

Hite started making the "Cacolantern" in November with a 10-inch styrofoam ball as a base, piling layer upon layer of clay on top and sculpting every nook and cranny by hand. Then, he cut the work apart into more than 24 different pieces and cast them separately before reassembling them and applying the final coat of paint.

Taking inspiration from the original sprites, Hite's demon includes a handmade, translucent, glowing eyeball and LED lighting inside the mouth.

You can see his short documentary on the project above and read more on his blog, where he's giving away a high-resolution "sprite sheet" based off his cacodemon models for those who register and leave a comment.

Hite's previous work includes Icons of Doom, a handmade, multimedia sculpture that Brenda Romero purchased for her husband, John Romero, as a Christmas gift in 2014 for an estimated $6,000. His Star Wars-themed piece, a nearly five-foot tall cruciform starship titled "Childhood Religion" went on sale early last year for $10,000. No word yet on when, or if, Hite will be selling the Cacolantern any time soon.

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