The "Wyland Whaling Wall" on the Long Beach Arena, which is part of the Long Beach Convention Center complex, measuring in at a whopping 116,000 square feet, is the world's largest mural! Painted in 1992, this striking work of art was a gift to the city of Long Beach, CA by Wyland, who completed the mural over a six-week time period with 200 volunteers. The wall is comprised of whales of various types (from orcas to blues), sea lions, dolphins, sharks, and a variety of fish and every marine life animal on the mural is painted to the creature's actual size. Wyland entitled this particular whale wall "Planet Ocean" with the education of youth in mind. He states, "I think we have a real chance with the kids. It seems to me that kids know more and are more in tune with the environment than I ever was." He goes on to describe the Long Beach wall as "a symbol of our environmental times," encouraging us all to take a moment to reflect on the concept of "Planet Ocean." Our whole ecosystem relies upon our oceans and in order to save our natural environment, we must first focus on our seas.
The Long Beach mural is the 33rd in a series of 100 walls located all around the world. Wyland himself paid for each one of these magnificent whale walls and we are proud to showcase his fantastic marine art on our Water Gallery glass water bottles. For visitors to Long Beach, CA, make a reservation at the beautiful Sky Room restaurant, located on the top floor of the Long Beach Breakers building on Ocean Avenue, for a stunning view of Wyland's Whaling Wall. It's truly a sight to behold.