“I pretend like I’m painting the whales as they swim by.
I’ve studied whales since I was a child,
so it’s all in my mind.”
This entire week I dedicate my posts to beautiful Redondo Beach.
One of our most famous landmarks is a large mural created by world-famous Laguna Beach artist Wyland. He painted the mural for free back in 1991 in hopes the mural will inspire everyone to make ocean conservation an issue to be examined.
This 87′ x 622′ mural depicting 12 California gray whales can be viewed on the exterior wall of the AES Redondo Generating Station, 1100 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California. The mural is #31 of the artist’s largest and most extraordinary works created as a series of 100 life-size murals in 100 different cities around the world.
The mural illustrates the annual 10,000 mile round-trip migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from the Bering Sea to the warm lagoons of Baja California and back again to the arctic circle, with their newborn babies alongside. This migration happens every winter and brings the whales close to Redondo Beach’s shoreline.
I feel so fortunate to have witnessed many whales the past years making their yearly trip. If you too have seen whales in their natural habitat, you know what an emotional experience it can be. We need to be reminded of our beautiful oceans and the precious cargo it is home to everyday.
The following 1991 video about Wyland is about his passion for whales and also shows the painting on the Wyland whaling wall.