Life everybody, I love those huge murals on highway 1 in south Monterey county of the farmers and their trucks. Today's Sentinal ran a story about the artist, John Cerney.
He photographs farmers and irrigators and lettuce thinners in the poses he wants, asking them to exaggerate whatever it is they're doing because when you're looking at a piece of art for only two or three seconds tops, subtly doesn't matter.
But Cerney can't seem to help himself.
Inspect his giant people, and you'll see he's put traces of mud on a farmer's boots and creases in a working man's shirt.
It's got to be real for it to be right.
His truck bounces along Highway 68 to the spot where all that wide-open land makes his giant farmworker figures seem oddly the right size.
Until you walk up to one.
It's 17 feet tall.
Grower Chris Bunn of Crown Packing commissioned Cerney to create these figures to honor the people who work the farms. The lanky irrigator is Jose Sanchez, Bunn says. Another is the old harvester, Bob Lyman, who worked for his family for over 60 years.
"I never get tired of looking at them," Bunn says. "I kind of talk to them once in a while."
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