Farmer John Packing Plant Murals, Los Angeles, California
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Bucolic farm scene murals featuring pigs is painted on the exterior of the Farmer John slaughter house and pork packing plant in the Vernon district of Los Angeles California.  Presumably the farm scenes were intended to convey a wholesome image which might be associated with the pork products.  However, the irony of the disparity between porcine treatment inside the building versus outside the building is palpable.

The mural was painted by Les Grimes between 1957 and 1968. Mural work continued after 1968 by Arno Jordan. Since 2000, both extensive restoration and new painting has been done by Philip Slagter.

Farmer John faces Bandini Blvd on the north, East Vernon Avenue on the south and South Soto Street on the West. The main mural is on Vernon.

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