In 1981, American artist Robert Wyland set out to paint 100 murals celebrating ocean life. The first wall, in Laguna Beach, California, was dedicated in August of that year. Twenty seven years later, Wyland’s 100th wall was dedicated in Beijing China.
Anchorage’s Whaling Wall, officially titled “Alaska’s Marine Life”, was painted by Wyland in 1994 and was his 54th wall in the series. The huge mural, 400 feet long and 50 feet, high, depicts whales and seals that are native to Alaska. It’s an impressive work of art and one of Anchorage’s best known landmarks.