The 2012 State Fair poster looks like something out of a drug-induced nightmare [PHOTO]

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A steely eyed, gigantic rooster serves as the poster's centerpiece.
The 2012 State Fair poster has been released, and put it this way -- you probably won't want to plaster it on little Johnny's wall. Under the cold gaze of a gigantic rooster, he'd probably wake up in the middle of the night with cold sweats.

The poster, which the normally staid Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal describes as featuring a "terrifying," "zero-gravity, giant-fried-food environment," is the work of St. Paul artist Joe Heffron, who competed against nearly 50 other artists for the honor of being the fair's official 2012 artist. Heffron told the Pioneer Press that the idea for his rooster-centric poster stemmed from a visit he made with his wife to the Poultry Barn during last year's fair.

"The roosters were crowing so loud, we had to leave," Heffron said. "It gave me a new and different appreciation for what the rooster was -- it just seemed larger and louder than what it actually is, and that's how it's portrayed in the poster."

Heffron's poster also features a tripped-out gopher, smiling corn dog, and flying cheese curds. Maybe he was on psychedelics when he made that fateful trip to the fair last summer.

Without further ado, here it is:
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krsbusch
krsbusch

I love it! But why is ther an upside down letter A in the middle of the rooster's eye!

QuitBogarting
QuitBogarting

There is a bit of the Magical Mystery Tour here. Or maybe a little Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. But I don't see "creepy."

LocalRAG
LocalRAG

This is City Pages job, to tear down everything and cause hatred. They're tolerated because they're here.  That poster is no creepier than their 2012 Best of Issue which is the worst issue to date and the most difficult to visually navigate print newspaper I've ever seen.  I actually didn't even notice until about 2 dozen people mentioned it and threw the thing away.

 

That state fair rooster poster is great utilization of local talent. 

nedtime
nedtime

That thing rocks. Where do I get one?

What.
What.

How is this creepy? This article is really reaching...

Jamie Sens
Jamie Sens

Could the corn dog be any more phallic?

Jamie Sens
Jamie Sens

Could the corn dog be any more phallic?

Hunter Warne
Hunter Warne

Love it!!  Tripped out Gopher?? Crazy rooster?? How else are you supposed to draw these things??  I like this poster. Alot.  By the way, the tower rising out the corn is NOT a support for the tram, its the Space Needle ride!!  A State Fair staple! How could you not recognize this?? 

Starseedaz
Starseedaz

 They are not syringes, they are sky towers that support the sky tram that is emerging from behind the blue of the roosters tail

Bud
Bud

Haters gotta hate

Srsly
Srsly

Awesome poster, shitty reporting.

Starseedaz
Starseedaz

they are sky towers to support the tram bucket that is emerging from behind the blue tail feathers

No
No

Has the author ever BEEN to the State Fair? That 'tripped out gopher' is the fair's mascot. It's on a lot of fair advertising, and there's a giant woodcarving of it at the fair that has been there for many years. How is that 'tripped out'?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Starseedaz The gopher's arm looks like a syringe too. I think that and the giant rooster are what makes one think of a drug-induced nightmare.

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