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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 25 “Humpbacks”

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Lamphere High School

Detroit, Michigan

110 Feet Long x 15 Feet High

Dedicated October 8th, 1990

By James McCann, Superintendent-Lamphere School District

WW 24 “Humpback and Calf”

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Sydney Aquarium, Australia

Sydney,

90 Feet Long x 35 Feet High

Dedicated September 28th, 1990

By Jim Longley, Parliament New South Wales

WW 23 “Bundaberg Humpback Family”

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Bundaberg, Australia

125 Feet Long x 95 Feet High

Dedicated September 28th, 1990

By John Nielsen

WW 22 “Orca Heaven” (Ceiling)

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Yamagata, Japan

145 Feet Long x 45 Feet High

Dedicated in 1990 By Mr. Kawaada, President Sun Marina

WW 21 “Washington Orcas”

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Tacoma, Washington

120 Feet Long x 45 Feet High

Dedicated July, 1990

By Tacoma Mayor, Karen Vialle

WW 20 “Gray Whale Migration”

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Sea World San Diego, California

80 Feet Long x 15 Feet High

Dedicated July 9th, 1990

By Bob Gault, President, Sea World

WW 19 “Forbidden Reef”

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90 Feet Long x 14 Feet High

Dedicated July 9th, 1990

By Michael Peak, Author

WW 18 “Sperm Whales of the Mediterranean”

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Nice, France

42 Feet Long x 120 Feet High

Dedicated October 1989

By France Gov. Official

WW 17 “Bottlenose Dolphins”

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Stored in Osaka, Japan

20 Feet Long x 30 Feet High

Originally done for a 24 hour

televised telethon in Tokyo, Japan

Dedicated August 27th, 1989

By Mr. Toshita & Kent Fabulous

WW 16 “Orcas off Point Loma”

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The Plunge, Mission Beach

San Diego, California

140 Feet Long x 40 Feet High

Dedicated June 29th, 1989

By Bob Gault, President, Sea World

WW 15 “Dolphins of Makapuu Point”

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Sealife Park, Oahu, Hawaii

24 Feet Long x 30 Feet High

Dedicated in 1988

by Henry Kapono, Singer/Songwriter

WW 14 “Sperm Whales”

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Funabashi, Japan

140 Feet Long x 18 Feet High

Dedicated October 14th, 1987

By Dr. Goro Tomenaga, Mr. Ono-Pres.

of Tokyo Bay Fishing Council, &

Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University

WW 13 “A-5 Pod”

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WW13 Victoria, BC, Canada

130 Feet Long x 7 Stories High

In Memory of Robin Morton

Dedicated June 20th, 1987

By Robert Bateman, Artist

WW 12 “Laguna Coast”

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2171 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, California

20 Feet Long x 24 Feet High

Dedicated February 2nd, 1987

By Darlene Wyland, Artist’s Mother, Tiled 1996

WW 11 “First Born”

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Renaissance Orlando Resort

6677 Sea Harbor Drive

Orlando, Florida

(Moved from Sea World)

30 Feet Long x 12 Feet High

Dedicated September 26th, 1986

By Bill Evans, Washington D.C.

WW 10 “Manatees”

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Orlando International Airport

Orlando, Florida

14 Feet Long x 8 Feet High

Dedicated in 1986

By Jimmy Buffet, Singer

WW 09 “First Voyage”

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Polynesian Cultural Center

Oahu, Hawaii

130 Feet Long

Dedicated February 4th, 1986

By John Hillerman, Actor

WW 08 “Orcas”

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Vancouver, B.C., Canada

130 Feet Long x 70 Feet High

Dedicated September 10th, 1985

By Michael Harcourt, Mayor of Vancouver

WW 07 “California Gray Whales”

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Del Mar, California

100 Feet Long x 16 Feet High

Dedicated July 6th, 1985

By Glenn Frey, Eagles Singer/Songwriter

WW 06 “Hawaiian Humpbacks”

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Honolulu, Hawaii

(Recreated at: Pacifica Airport Center

3049 Ualena Street, Honolulu, Hawaii)

(Original) - 300 Feet Long x 20 Stories High

Dedicated April 21st, 1985

By Russ Francis, San Francisco 49ers

(Recreation) - 235 Feet Long x 151 Feet High

Dedicated December 15, 1999

By Governor Ben Cayetano

WW 05 “The Orcas of Puget Sound”

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Seattle, Washington

140 Feet Long x 50 Feet High

Dedicated November 10th, 1985

By Ivar Haglund, Seattle Port Manager

WW 04 “The Gray Whale Family”

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Whiterock, BC, Canada

70 Feet Long x 30 Feet High

Dedicated September 26th, 1984

By Gordon Hogg, Mayor of Whiterock

WW 03 “Spyhopping”

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Marineland

Ranch Palos Verdes, California

20 Feet Long x 30 Feet High

Dedicated June 27th, 1984

By Cleveland Armory, Fund For Animals

WW 02 “Young Gray Whale”

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Ocean Institute

Dana Point, California

(Relocated to R.H. Dana Elementary)

45 Feet Long x 10 Feet High

Dedicated March 20th, 1982

By Bill Toomey,Olympic Decathlon

WW 01 “Gray Whale and Calf”

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509 Pacific Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach, California

Dedicated July 9th, 1981

By Mrs. John Wayne

(Repainted 1986, Tiled 1996)

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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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