Destin is Home to Wyland Wall #88 and World’s Largest U.S. Flag
Renowned marine life artist Wyland wanted to change the way people think about our environment when he started painting life-size whales on the sides of buildings in the 1980’s. Through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography, Wyland has inspired a generation about the importance of marine life conservation.
- In 2008, twenty-seven years after Wylandâ€™s quest began, the artist and the Wyland Foundation completed the monumental goal of painting 100 public marine murals. These murals were painted in life-size dimensions to increase appreciation and understanding for aquatic habitats.
- The Destin wall was completed in 2001 with the help of a huge team of community volunteers at Legendary Marine. It is viewed each year by thousands of people as they drive into Destin after crossing south over the Destin Mid-Bay Bridge.
- â€śWe know now that water connects all the countries of the world,â€ť Wyland says. â€śOur goal with these projects over the last three decades has been to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public. The health of our ocean and waterways are in jeopardy, not to mention the thousands of marine animals and plants that face extinction if we do nothing.â€ť
- The completed campaign was one of the largest art-in-public-places projects in history, spanning five continents, 17 countries, and 79 cities around the globe.
While the sea life mural is dedicated to environmental conservation, the flag mural on top of the building is dedicated to all military and first responders. It can now be viewed by pilots and passengers who fly over beautiful Destin, Florida.
If you would like to see the murals and visit our beautiful beaches firsthand, we are happy to help with restaurant suggestions and Destin vacation rentals. See you soon!