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Roadside art: It's amazing and it's everywhere across the U.S.

How many times have you and your family gazed out the windows of your automobile at roadside art? Well, the answer is, anytime you travel. You may not think of some of the large billboards, or small signs that adorn the fields alongside interstates, U.S., state and county routes as art, but it is art in the truest since of "Americana."

This "See Rock City" Barn on U.S. Highway 441, in Sevier County, Tennessee, is one of many painted in the eastern United States early in the 20th Century as a promotion for the tourist attraction on Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This "See Rock City" Barn on U.S. Highway 441, in Sevier County, Tennessee, is one of many painted in the eastern United States early in the 20th Century as a promotion for the tourist attraction on Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Photo taken by Scott Basford - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Some of this Americana art was first seen painted on the roofs of barns across our country. It was painted as advertisements for travelers to visit some of our special landmarks. Most people have seen the "See Rock City" ads pained on many barns, beginning with the early 20th century, and if you have traveled through the state of Missouri on old "Route 66" or I-44, you have no doubt seen the advertisements for "Meramec Caverns" on the tops and sides of barns.

Even though some of these advertisements have been changed over to billboards, there has always been a fascination about the barn art. This art isn't limited to advertisements and barns, some is pure artistic ventures by persons that own the land beside the roadways and some is from others who wish to place their art in conspicuous locations to help promote the sale of it.

One man's roadside art is unique, in the fact, he loves to make it all much bigger than life, and has a talent that he reluctantly identifies with art; however the majority of people that see his masterpieces are quick to say, they are in fact artistic creations. His name is John Cerney. For more information on him, click on John Cerney Murals and to watch a video about what he does, click on the video link near the top of this article. Be sure to check out the slideshow too.

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