Duncan Farms' Giant Cardboard Baby

The west Valley might not have the biggest nightlife scene, but it is home to the biggest baby possibly ever seen from a freeway.

That's right -- there's a gigantic cardboard baby in Goodyear. He stands almost 20 feet tall and perpetually looks down at a cardboard tractor. He's been sitting on 2,000 acres of land off the I-10 West for 12 years now.

The giant baby and the smaller cardboard tractor nearby are remnants of Duncan Farms, a vegetable farm and petting zoo that closed in 2001, after a new law passed restricting development near Luke Air Force Base.

During its heyday, the owners of Duncan Farms -- Arnott and Kathleen Duncan -- commissioned several giant cardboard figures from artist John Cerney. The baby, for which Cerney was reportedly paid $3,000, has remained a roadside attraction since the farm became barren fields.

There are two cardboard figures of adults holding produce at the corner of Cotton Lane and Industrial Drive, but most of the Duncan Farms cardboard figures are gone now. Even the baby is sun-bleached and fading, and the driver of the tractor below him is missing his head.

To see the giant baby, take I-10 West to the Cotton Lane exit (exit 124), and turn right. Turn right at the first stoplight (Industrial Drive), drive a few hundred feet, and turn right to park by a red and white striped barricade. The giant baby will be visible, and is just a short walk away.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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