Environmental artist Wyland returns to Cleveland

(Cleveland) - Internationally celebrated mural artist Wyland is returning to Cleveland to refresh the giant whale painting on the Cleveland Public Power Plant this spring. The mural has delighted East Shoreway commuters for decades.

It's part of Wyland's effort to promote water conservation with a national campaign to protect streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. A key aspect of the effort is the My Water Pledge.

Wyland is urging cities to get their residents to sign his pledge to promote healthy waterways, with participants in the winning cities receiving prizes for deserving non-profit organizations.

To sign up go to www.mywaterpledge.com.

Wyland talked about his campaign while attending a clean water event at the Davis Aerospace and Maritime School on Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland.

In 1993, he founded the non-profit Wyland Foundation "to help children rediscover the wonder of the ocean through art" according to Steve Creech, the foundation's Executive Director and to finance his Whaling Wall murals.

Robert Wyland's 100th and final Whaling Wall was painted in Beijing in 2008. His foundation has since expanded its work to include other environmental initiatives.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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