OC Fair 2018: Whimsical highway artist John Cerney creates huge cutouts for the fair

You won’t find John Cerney masterpieces in a museum, with admirers speaking in reverent whispers as they linger to examine each brushstroke.

Rather, you might catch a glimpse of one as you zoom along a rural highway, radio blasting.

“They need open space and that element of surprise,” the Salinas artist observed about his whimsical billboards.

Space, because they’re huge – at least 18 feet tall. Surprise, because they pop up where you’d least expect – in cornfields and fruit...

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