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Mural, mural on the wall
Murals, in their various forms, make political statements, tell a story or simply liven up a previously bland space. Each of these three diverse projects from around the Milwaukee area has a story to tell.

By RACHEL LEE

 


Ethereal interpretation

Muralist Timothy Haglund created a stunning woodland theme in the staircase of this Brookfield home. The landscape reflects the natural setting prior to the home’s construction in the 1930s. The mural depicts a Native American in a hunting pose, surrounded by eight circular paintings, four reflecting each of the seasons and the others the seasonal zodiac constellations.



Hey diddle, diddle

Beloved Mother Goose Rhymes, such as "The Cat and the Fiddle" and "Little Bo Peep," are brought to life by the Northshore’s Phil Cloninger in the Milwaukee nursery of his grandchild. Cloninger included a depiction of the family dog in one of the scenes as a personal touch on the project.


 


Show time

After collaborating with the homeowners, muralist Holly Messer decided on an unraveled spool of film as the theme for this home theater in Hartland. In each section of the film, one of the Thiel family’s favorite films is highlighted, from "The Godfather" and "Major League" to "Shrek" and "Toy Story." The scenes were created using custom-made stencils, free-hand work and airbrushing.