farmer john murals

from zabriskie point, carrie (1976) posted in movies


farmer john murals
3049 east vernon avenue
vernon, california 90058

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In 1957, the Clougherty meat-packing company hired Les Grimes to paint a farmland mural on side of their plant just south of downtown Los Angeles in Vernon. Grimes died in 1968 after falling from a scaffold while painting and Arno Jordan completed the murals that span several blocks. The deteriorating murals were later touched up by muralist Philip Slagter and his crew. Say what you will about cavorting happy pigs in an idyllic country setting on the side of a slaughterhouse in industrial California.

The Farmer John murals make an appearance in Antonioni's Zabriskie Point and Brian De Palma's Carrie.

photo: John Williams