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Straw bales sculptures give local dairy farmer artistic outlet

July 10, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Lorraine Thiele of Thiele Family Farm with her latest straw bale project, a 12-foot-tall Statue of Liberty draped in an American flag.

JEFFERSON TWP — Lorraine Thiele doesn't have a lot of opportunities to be an artist.

Living and working on a dairy farm tends to fill up one's days.

But she has found the time and materials on Thiele Dairy Farm, 753 N. Pike Road, to pursue her own artistic vision.

Using straw bales, spray paint and a skid loader, Thiele has created a series of sculptures at the end of her farm's driveway.

Her latest work, created for the Fourth of July, is a 12-foot-tall Statue of Liberty draped in an American flag.

Lady Liberty is just the latest of her straw bale creations. In the past, she has used straw bales to make a turkey for Thanksgiving, a jack o'lantern for Halloween and a Nativity scene for Christmas.

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