At 10am on Wednesday, June 25, renowned marine-life artist Wyland will announce details of his 100th and final Whaling Wall, bringing an end to his almost 30-year labor of love. The announcement will take place where it all began, at the site of the very first marine-themed mural in Laguna Beach. As a fitting tribute to Wyland’s international reach and commitment, the final mural will be painted in Beijing next month, in the lead-up to the Olympic Games. With the help of thousands of children from around the globe, Wyland will create a “Great Wall of China” canvas, spanning more than four miles with 50 and 100-foot segments representing 191 nations.
The idea behind the Whaling Wall project has always been to teach people about environmental conservation by simply showing them what they are conserving. This is the largest and longest ongoing arts in public places program dedicated to environmental awareness. The murals have set world records for the largest paintings by one person and are seen by an estimated one billion people each year.
For more information on the Whaling Wall project, go to the Wyland Foundation website at http://www.wylandfoundation.org.