Posted by: ivetteromero | June 22, 2009

The Antigua Wyland Wall and Marine Resource Conservation

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The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), in conjunction with Environmental Awareness Group (EAG), Antigua & Barbuda Independent Tourism Corporation (ABITPC), and the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, sponsored the creation of a life-size marine mural in Antigua (on Old Parham Road), to celebrate the Caribbean’s whales and whale watching industry. WSPA firmly believes that whale watching is more economically significant and sustainable for communities and people worldwide than whaling. Marcela Vargas, Program Manager for WSPA’s regional office for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, says: “Our countries cannot ignore the benefits of taking care of whales anymore. Whale watching is growing exponentially, indicating a clear popular interest in enjoying the beauty of these wonderful animals in a peaceful way.”

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The internationally renowned artist Wyland, a California based marine mural artist known for his beautiful underwater scenes and Disney collaborations, led the event. Children from several schools worked alongside Wyland to create the mural. Antigua one of the 100 locations that house a life-sized aquatic sculpture as a plea for environmental awareness and conservation.The wall supports the Caribbean anti-whaling movement and celebrates the successful whale watching industry as a more humane and profitable alternative to whaling. Wyland says, “Conservation groups need to work together for the big picture. The Wyland Foundation is honored to work with WSPA, celebrating marine life in Antigua with a mural that celebrates marine conservation through art and science and carries a message of hope.”

Marine life artist Wyland has earned the distinction as one of America’s most unique creative influences, and a leading advocate for marine resource conservation. An accomplished painter, sculptor, photographer, writer, and SCUBA diver, he has traveled the farthest reaches of the globe for more than twenty-five years, capturing the raw power and beauty of the undersea universe. His non-profit Wyland Foundation has supported numerous conservation programs since 1993,

For full article, see http://www.wspa.org.uk/latestnews/2009/disney_artist_and_wspa_celebrate_caribbean_whales.aspx and http://www.caribarena.com/artist/art/3362-whaling-wall-complete


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