Marine Artist Wyland returns Sept. 28

Special to The Log

Marine Artist Wyland returns on Monday, Sept. 28, to breathe life back into his most impressive whaling wall mural, Whaling Wall #88, returning it to its original glory.

Through the renewed efforts of The Legendary Companies with sponsors including The Sherwin Williams Company, Sunbelt Rentals, Graco Worldwide and Extreme Marketing Group and in conjunction with the Wyland Foundation, this week long process will once again inspire the community and millions of people that visit the area each year.

The work of art, displayed on the Legendary Marina boat dry-storage facility, 4603 Legendary Marina Drive at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin, has often been referred to as the "Gateway to Destin."

“It feels great to give back to the community in the Emerald Coast,” said Veronica Trout, Sherwin Williams district manager. “We have contributed to this project since the first mural was completed, and it’s an honor to see our products used on this landmark.”

Peter Bos, Legendary’s founder, has worked for years to be able to bring Wyland back to the area for a complete restoration of the landmark.

“It’s great to see the results of all our hard work finally coming to fruition,” said Bos. “This work of art, this labor of love, means so much to our visitors and to our local community. We are very pleased to see it coming back to life, to see the marine life in full color, and there is no one better than Wyland to restore it.”

Originally painted in 2001, the mural drew large crowds of people to witness the work of art titled “Marine Life in the Gulf’ being painted. World-Famous Marine Artist Wyland uses the creation of this and other Whaling Wall Murals, in conjunction with the Wyland Foundation, to help educate children and the community on the importance of protecting the environment. Among the artist’s notable artworks include the 3-acre “Planet Ocean” in Long Beach, which was named the world’s largest mural in the 1992 Guinness Book of World Records.

Wyland, known for painting large outdoor murals of whales and other ocean life, painted his first whaling wall in 1981. To see the full 30-year history of Wyland’s landmark Whaling Wall mural campaign, visit http://www.wylandfoundation.org/community.php?subsection=wyland_walls