Another Roadside Attraction

In the spirit of unusual roadside attractions, and reminiscent of cross-country trips routed in accordance with said attractions, I thought it would be fun to create something for Better Farm that would offer motorists and passersby a creative stopping point on the road.

So, next to our farm stand, we've installed an interactive photo op for the public to enjoy. Made with acrylic paint, a sheet of plywood, and a lot of creativity, this roadside attraction is sure to brighten anyone's day.Here's how it was made.

First, we recruited our intern Amanda Treco to create the outline. The imagery evokes the classic painting "American Gothic" (with a little Rosie the Riveter thrown into the mix—the tattoo on the woman's arm says "We Can Do It", and you'll notice her bandana!), a chicken, a sunflower, and a very friendly deer called Star Wars. After Amanda made the outline, she enlisted the help of the rest of the crew here to color in the lines:

Once the main points were filled in, we called on Carl Frizzelle to cut out the faces with a jigsaw:
 Here's Noah making sure everything is going smoothly:

...and the finished cuts:

Then for some final touch-ups:

And, drum roll please:

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.