[Coral-List] World Renowned Artist, Wyland, Visits American Samoa
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Thu Apr 10 14:46:02 EDT 2008
As the result of an invitation that was extended by Governor Togiola
Tulafono during the most recent US Coral Reef Task Force meeting in
Washington, DC, the world-renowned ocean and wildlife artist Wyland is
visiting American Samoa this week to work on a mural this week. On
Monday, he dove at the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary in order
to view our local coral reefs and to derive inspiration for his mural.
Wyland, with assistance from the Coral Reef Advisory Group, will also
lead a large education/outreach campaign during the week involving
local artists, school teachers, and hundreds of children. These
events are a part of our ongoing participation in the International
Year of the Reef festivities and further demonstrate the American
Samoan Government's commitment to coral reef conservation.
Please note the official press release below.
All the best,
Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator
Resource Management Division
Department of Commerce
Pago Pago, American Samoa
JGoldberg at doc.asg.as
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
(for immediate release – Wednesday, April 2, 2008)
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Office: (684) 633-4116 - Fax: (684) 633-2269 - Cell: (684) 733-4680
Governor Togiola invites ocean artist Wyland to paint mural at EOB
(UTULEI) – As the result of an invitation that was extended by
Governor Togiola Tulafono during the most recent US Coral Reef Task
Force meeting in Washington, DC, world-renowned ocean and wildlife
artist and muralist Wyland will be visiting the Territory to work on
an environment-themed mural at the Executive Office Building in Utulei
on the north facing wall of EOB starting on Monday April 7th. The
artist Wyland will arrive this Sunday to work on the mural that will
commemorate the Festival of Pacific Arts and International Year of the
"It was an honor to meet the famous artist in Washington DC," says
Governor Togiola. "Knowing what a gifted and talented artist he is;
knowing that he has a foundation that works with children and the
community on conservation issues; and the fact that our Festival of
Pacific Arts is coming up, I thought that this was an excellent
opportunity to have a bona fide celebrity artist come to the Territory
and commemorate the International Year of the Reef with a mural."
In order to carry out the mural project and be as inclusive as
possible, Governor Togiola is asking each school in the Territory to
appoint two students and an art teacher to assist Wyland with the
mural. School administrators are asked to have different students
participate each day with Wyland to give opportunities to all of our
local students to have interaction and gain from this experience.
Students and teachers are being asked to be at the EOB on Tuesday,
April 8th to Thursday, April 11th from 8am to 2pm. Only lunch will be
provided. Students, teachers and parents are asked to make all other
arrangements for transportation and breakfast.
"I am very excited about this large-scale project that we are about to
undertake. I extend my most heartfelt gratitude to Wyland and his
foundation for making this project possible. Through efforts such as
this, we hope to foster in our children and community a strong sense
of appreciation for our environment and a strong commitment to its
conservation," said Governor Togiola.
Governor Togiola has written to DOE Director Claire Tuia Poumele,
Acting ASCC President Seth Galea'i and Principals of Private Schools
to announce the work that will be performed by Wyland.
In his letter, Governor Togiola wrote:
"Mr. Wyland invites local art teachers and students from both public
and private schools to assist with this project. Wyland will also be
conducting trainings in conjunction with this project. This is a rare
opportunity to have renowned talent who is willing to contribute and
share his skills with our local teachers and students. I would
appreciate your support by appointing a total of 8 students from each
school, where 2 students per school for each day with an art teacher
is to participate in this project. This will allow a rotation of
different students each day to get Wyland's first hand training and
participate in his program."
Names of students and art teachers should be submitted to Mr. Lelei
Peau of the Department of Commerce lelei.peau at noaa.org or 633-5155 and
Deputy Chief of Staff Mr. Motu Seui of the Office of the Governor
motu.seui at americansamoa.gov or 633-4116 by this Friday, April 4th at
Each school will need to arrange with parents for their child's
transportation to and from EOB from April 8th - 11th – Work will be
performed from 8am to 2pm.
"This is a rare opportunity and I am deeply honored and very thankful
that an internationally acclaimed artist who has dedicated his life to
promote and capture the environment through magnificent murals has
accepted our invitation to share his gift with American Samoa," said
Governor Togiola. "The Territory is proud to have and display the work
of art by Wyland. After seeing his wonderful work of art, and the
respect he has to promote awareness to protect marine life, I
concluded that American Samoa deserves a mural by Wyland."
BIOGRAPHY OF WYLAND
Robert Wyland was born in 1956 in Detroit Michigan. Known simply as
Wyland, he is an artist best known for painting large, outdoor murals
of whales and other ocean life throughout the US, as well as Canada,
Japan, Australia, Mexico, France and New Zealand. He has been a
pioneer in the marine art movement since 1971. This painter, sculptor,
and muralist is one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of our
Wyland paints in watercolors and oils in celebration of underwater sea
life in his paintings and bronze sculptures. Wyland divides his time
between Oahu, Hawaii; Laguna Beach, California; and Florida. He has a
goal of painting 100 Whaling Walls by 2011.
To date, in addition to his spectacular paintings of a wide variety of
marine life, Wyland has completed 95 of his landmark murals, the
renowned "Whaling Walls." The first Wyland public, large size mural
was of the "Gray Whale and Calf" in Laguna Beach, California in July
1989. The 95th mural was a four-sided creation on the Penske Rentals
Building in Key Largo, Florida in February 2007.
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