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The Wyland Foundation

The American marine life artist Steve Wyland is one of the world’s most celebrated and recognized marine artists, widely recognized for his towering marine life murals. He established the Wyland Foundation to produce a range of mural projects that help reshape attitudes about marine life and environmental conservation. In particular, the Whaling Wall murals have been raising awareness about our undersea world for over twenty years. An estimated 1 billion people view these monumental life-size paintings of migrating grey whales, breaching humpbacks, blue whales, and other marine life each year. They have become valued landmarks in over 70 cities across four continents in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and Japan. All of the Whaling Wall murals are painted in life-size dimensions to help people understand and appreciate the true scale of these magnificent creatures. Wyland intends to have painted 100 murals by the year 2008. Among the locations that prominently display these murals is The Long Beach wall in California, named the world's largest mural by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992. The mural covers three acres and required 7,000 gallons of paint. Wyland’s goal is to save the whales. Not only is he creating impressive works of art, but he is also inspiring people to preserve and protect endangered marine animals.

“Hawaiian Humpbacks”, Pacifica Airport Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 1999 (Photo © Wyland Foundation)

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