Living: Rural Murals in Dairyland

Wisconsin motorists may never see a purple cow, but they are rubbernecking at an enormous piebald blue one emblazoned on Farmer Hilbert Schneider's 75-year-old barn at Johnson Creek, 34 miles east of Madison on Interstate 94. The blue cow, shown fullface, peers out from a halo of stars, sunbursts and corn stalks in a dazzling 1,530-sq.-ft. mural.

A giant new wrinkle in billboard advertising? An acid-age hex sign? No indeed. The Bunyanesque bovine is part of a statewide barn-painting project, Dairyland Graphics, dreamed up by the Wisconsin Arts Board under a $32,000 grant...

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