Georgia Aquarium Welcomes Wyland on October 21, 2013
Internationally renowned marine life artist and conservationist Wyland will visit Georgia Aquarium on Monday, October 21 to unveil his newest larger-than-life mural. The 200 square foot mural, on loan to Georgia Aquarium, was created by the artist to reflect the diversity and beauty of life off the coast of south Florida. Murals, the artist says, provide an unparalleled medium for reflecting the size and grandeur of the undersea world.
"I often encourage students to work together on murals," Wyland says. "As a group, they can do research, discuss issues affecting the ocean, and make an important set of artistic decisions to tell a visual story through their work."
The mural is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, Fredrix Artist Canvas, Arts & Activities Magazine, Georgia Aquarium and National Van Lines.
Join Georgia Aquarium on October 21st and be a part of our festivities. From 11am until 3pm you’ll find a large canvas on our plaza as you enter the aquarium. This canvas is for you! Step right up and add your own flair to the pieces.
Once you enter the aquarium, watch as a local class learns from the best as Wyland teaches a 30 minute art lesson at 10am in the Recognition Rotunda on the second floor above Café Aquaria. Then at 11am, Wyland will unveil his 8 foot by 25 foot masterpiece, also in the Rotunda. And finally, Wyland will participate in a guest meet and greet and book signing from 11:30am-12:30pm. Take photos and get an autograph from the artist.
This event will also provide the kick-off for Wyland’s national student mural contest. The artist, whose non-profit foundation works closely with the US Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous environmental organizations, has spent a lifetime encouraging the conservation of our ocean, rivers, lakes, and wetlands.
Renowned marine life artist Wyland changed the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings more than 30 years ago. With murals seen by more than 1 billion people each year, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation. He continues his mission through the work of his non-profit Wyland Foundation, which is actively engaged in teaching millions of young people around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our ocean, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. His latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate — and US) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, the Wyland Foundation, numerous non-profits to teach young people about our forests and ocean - and how these two irreplaceable resources hold the key to the future of our water supplies, climate, and global health.
HELP US NAME THE WYLAND MURAL!
Visit our Facebook page after the big reveal and take our poll with naming options. Your vote will help us select the name of this amazing masterpiece!