Muralist plans 'Whaling Wall' in Baltimore

April 28, 1993

Wyland, an artist who has painted more than 30 murals of whales in American cities, came to Baltimore yesterday to announce plans to paint a mural here this summer.

Wyland, 36, who calls his murals Whaling Walls, said he will paint the east wall of the Lee Electric Co. of Baltimore at Hamburg and Russell streets. The wall faces Russell Street near Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

He will paint the wall as part of an East Coast tour to paint walls in 15 states and the District of Columbia beginning June 1. Prior to this, his murals have been executed primarily on the West Coast and in Hawaii. He said yesterday that some of the East Coast sites had been picked and others were still to be determined.

Bernie L. Langeluttig, president and owner of Lee Electric, said he is giving permission to Wyland "as long as we come to full

agreement. I think it will be nice for Baltimore."

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke likes the mural idea, according to Jane V. Davis, director of development of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture.

The mural, on a wall about 20 feet high and 225 feet long, will feature whales, dolphins and other sea creatures, Wyland said. Since he donates his services, and corporate and other private sponsors contribute to his projects, the city would not be financially involved, Wyland said. "It won't cost the city anything."

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