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Whaling Walls

Whaling Walls

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In 2008, twenty-seven years after Wyland’s quest began, the artist and the Wyland Foundation completed the monumental goal of painting 100 life-size public marine murals. These murals were painted in life-size dimensions to increase appreciation and understanding for aquatic habitats and the life within. Perhaps, most importantly, they have reshaped attitudes about marine life conservation.

“We know now that water connects all the countries of the world,” Wyland says. “Our goal with these projects over the last three decades has been to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public. The health of our ocean and waterways are in jeopardy, not to mention the thousands of marine animals and plants that face extinction if we do nothing.”

The completed Whaling Wall campaign is one of the largest art-in-public-places projects in history, spanning five continents, 13 countries, and 79 cities around the globe

WW 75 “Song of the Whales”

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Cleveland Public Power Plant

5251 North Marginal Road

Cleveland, Ohio

300 Feet Long x 108 Feet High

Dedicated October 6th, 1997

By Michael White, Mayor of Cleveland

WW 74 “Orcas Passage”

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Indianapolis Public Schools Bldg

120 W. Walnut St.

Indianapolis, Indiana

153 Feet Long x 35 Feet High

Dedicated September 29th, 1997

By Esperanza Zendejas, Indianapolis Superintendent of Schools

WW 73 “The Windy Whales”

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Hotel Inter-Continental

505 North Michigan Ave.

Chicago, Illinois

90 Feet Long x 200 Feet High

Dedicated September 22nd, 1997

By Mrs. Maggie Daley, Wife of Mayor Richard M. Daley

WW 72 “Whale Commuters”

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Milwaukee County Courthouse Annex

907 North 10th Street

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

76 Feet Long x 37 Feet High

Dedicated September 15th, 1997

By F. Thomas Ament, County Executive

WW 71 “Our Ocean Family”

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Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd.

Apple Valley, Minnesota

192 Feet Long x 22 Feet High

Dedicated September 8th, 1997

By Mayor Gary Humphrey, Director of the Minnesota Zoo

WW 70 “Heavenly Waters”

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Redpath Sugars, Canada

95 Queen’s Quay East

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

146 Feet Long x 97 Feet High

Dedicated September 1st, 1997

By Bob Hunter, Co-Founder of Greenpeace

WW 69 “The Blues Whales”

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New Orleans Hilton Riverside

2 Poydras Street

New Orleans, Louisiana

251 Feet Long x 66 Feet High

Dedicated May 3rd, 1997

By Luther Kent (Blood, Sweat, & Tears blues musician),

Buddy Romer (Former Governor of Louisiana),

Paul Buckley (G.M., New Orleans Hilton Riverside) &

Ron Forman (Director of Aquarium of the America’s)

WW 68 “Pacific Realm” (Ceiling)"

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Wyland Studio Gallery

509 South Coast Highway

Laguna Beach, California

85 Feet Long x 37 Feet Wide

Dedicated November 6th, 1996

By the late Lloyd Bridges, Actor & Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut

WW 67 “Earth Day Hawaii”

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Royal Aloha Condominiums

1909 Ala Wai Boulevard.

Honolulu, Hawaii

70 Feet Long x 16 Feet High

Dedicated April 22nd, 1995

(25th Anniversary of Earth Day)

By Pat Morita, Actor

WW 66 “Free Keiko”

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El Nuevo Rieno Aventura - Al Ajusco 1500

Mexico City, Mexico

(In an agreement to free Keiko, “Free Willy”)

200 Feet Long x 45 Feet High

Dedicated September 26th, 1994

By Alejandro Azcue Carrillo

WW 65 “Friendly Grays of San Ignacio”

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University Science Museum

Mexico City, Mexico

85 Feet Long x 20 Feet High

Dedicated September 26th, 1994

By Dr. Jorge Flores Valdes

WW 64 “San Diego Migration”

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San Diego National Bank

1420 Kettner Boulevard

San Diego, California

160 Feet Long x 60 Feet High

Dedicated September 19th, 1994

By Mayor Susan Golding

WW 63 “Life Size Blue Whales”

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Paramount Pictures

5555 Melrose Ave.

Hollywood, California

180 Feet Long x 85 Feet High

Dedicated September 12th, 1994

By Earl Lestz, President of Paramount

WW 62 “Celebrating Gray Whales”

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Mann’s Chinese Theater

6901 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California

152 Feet Long x 37 Feet High

Dedicated September 12th, 1994

By John Grant

WW 61 “Grays off the San Francisco Coast”

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Pier 39-Aquarium

Beach & Embarcadero, Streets

San Francisco, California

68 Feet Long x 20 Feet High

Dedicated September 5th, 1994

By Mayor Frank Jordon

WW 60 “Spyhopping Gray Whale”

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Pier 39-Parking Structure Entrance

Beach & Embarcadero Streets

San Francisco, California

52 Feet Long x 58 Feet High

Dedicated September 5th, 1994

By Dennis Bouey

WW 59 “Gray Whales off Oregon Coast”

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Depoe Bay Fish Company

617 SW Bay Blvd.

Newport, Oregon

100 Feet Long x 35 Feet High

Dedicated August 29th, 1994

By Mayor Mark Collson & Dr. Bruce Mate

WW 58 “Orcas off the San Juan Islands”

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Quality Inn

2224 Eighth Ave.

Seattle, Washington

30 Feet Long x 50 Feet High

Dedicated August 22nd, 1994

By Mayor Norm Rice

WW 57 “Leap of Faith”

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Quality Inn

2224 Eighth Ave.

Seattle, Washington

30 Feet Long x 50 Feet High

Dedicated August 22nd, 1994

By Governor Mike Lowery

WW 56 “Vancover Island Orcas”

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Old Continental Hotel, Canada

1290 Granville

Vancouver, BC, Canada

80 Feet Long x 90 Feet High

Dedicated August 15th, 1994

By Dr. John Ford

WW 55 “Orcas A-30 Subpod”

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Vancouver Aquarium, Canada

Stanley Park

Vancouver, BC, Canada

(In Memory of Mike Bigg)

175 Feet Long x 14 Feet High

Dedicated August 15th, 1994

By Dr. John Ford.

WW 54 “Alaska’s Marine Life”

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J.C. Penneys

406 W. 5th Ave.

Anchorage, Alaska

400 Feet Long x 50 Feet High

Dedicated August 8th, 1994

By Mayor Rick Mystron

WW 53 “Orcas off the Gulf of Mexico”

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South Padre Island Convention Ctr

7355 Padre Boulevard

South Padre Island, Texas

265 Feet Long x 25 Feet High

Dedicated March 14th, 1994

WW 52 “Florida’s Living Reef”

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The Waterfront Market

201 Williams St.

Key West, Florida

52 Feet Long x 45 Feet High

Dedicated September 27th,1993

By Captain Tony

WW 51 “Florida’s Dolphins”

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Mote Marine Laboratory

1600 W. Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, Florida

45 Feet Long x 26 Feet High

Dedicated September 20th, 1993

By Michael Martin

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100 Whaling Walls Intro

Watch the Video

In the world of art, nothing compares to the size, scope, and majesty of Wyland's "Whaling Walls." Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures throughout the world, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. Hosted by Pierce Brosnan, Wyland: One Hundred Whaling Walls tells the story of this epic campaign, from humble beginnings nearly thirty years ago to the final, all-encompassing project of the Beijing Olympic Festival. Through original video footage and photographs, you will get an up-close look at all one hundred murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference.

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