Celebrated Artist and Conservationist Wyland Sails into New York for World Oceans Day

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Artist will join dignitaries Jack Johnson, Nainoa Thompson, and UN General Secretary Moon for ocean conservation activities

Hokulea visits Samoa

“All of us who are gathering here at the United Nations on this historic day are each focused in our own way on conserving our ocean for future generations.”— Wyland

In celebration of World Oceans Day, June 8, renowned artist and conservationist Wyland will take part in a series of activities at the United Nations to raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation and the many ways individuals around the world can support this year’s theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.”

Wyland, who is best known for his 100 life-size Whaling Wall marine life murals around the world, has launched the Wyland World Water Pledge, a 10-year outreach project to inspire every person throughout the world to take action to ensure clean water and a healthy ocean. The campaign at http://www.worldwaterpledge.com was launched in January with support from National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylve Earle and Conservation International’s Dr. Greg Stone and builds on the legacy of the United Nations’ International Decade for Action “Water for Life.”

Wyland will join dignitaries, including musician Jack Johnson, and invited children in creating a commemorative mural focused on ocean health. The mural will feature an above and below look at the ocean from the vantage point of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s globe-trekking voyaging canoe, the Hokulea, which recently sailed into New York Harbor on a 60,000 nautical mile mission to promote a sustainable ocean. Earlier that day, Wyland will have joined United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and the crew of the Hokulea on tour of New York Harbor, one of the world’s busiest and most important natural harbors. Wyland has participated in two previous sails with Hokulea, from American Samoa and Cuba, respectively.

“It is an honor to be invited to be with the Hokulea crew for World Ocean Day,” said Wyland, whose non-profit foundation has actively worked to bring people together for clean water and a heathy ocean for more than 20 years. “All of us who are gathering here at the United Nations on this historic day are each focused in our own way on conserving our ocean for future generations.”

About Wyland: Marine Life Artist and conservationist Wyland has been a leading advocate for marine resource conservation for more than three decades. He is best known for his Whaling Walls, a series of 100 monumental marine life murals that were donated on behalf of the artist to cities around the world. He currently hosts "Wyland's Art Studio, a conservation themed art instructional series for American Public Television and is the founder of the Wyland Foundation, a nationally recognized 501c3 public charity, whose ongoing projects include the Wyland National Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation and the Wyland World Water Pledge. In 2010, the United Nations released six Wyland images for an international stamp issue celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Learn more at http://www.wyland.com or wylandfoundation.org

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