Wyland Art Mural Project with Miami Beach Public School Students 5/3-4/12

Wyland Art Mural Project with Miami Beach Public School Students
Thursday May 3, 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday May 4, 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
May 3
10 a.m. Press Conference
10:15 a.m. until 2:30p.m. Miami Beach 4th Grade Students painting
May 4
10:15 a.m. until 2:30p.m. Miami Beach 4th Grade Students painting
410 and 412 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach FL33139

PRICE: FREE

The public and members of the press are cordially invited to observe the live painting project.

Art, conservation, education and fun come together in an exciting collaboration between the world renowned artist and conservationist- Wyland, and the students of Miami Beach public schools. For two days, the artist and the students of Miami Beach will create a live painting on Lincoln Road Mall near the highly visible intersection of Washington Avenue. The mural will be created on two gigantic panels (each measuring 10 feet tall x 45 feet wide), depicting indigenous marine life. The Arts and Culture Council and Staff of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce are working closely with the Wyland Foundation, and the Miami Dade schools to create this unique painted homage to Miami Beach and its natural habitat to remind the public of the fragile aspect of nature, and the importance of environmental conservation.

Wyland has achieved impressive success on many levels –from his beautiful artwork portraying idyllic oceanic scenes, to creating a significant foundation that promotes water conservation worldwide. Widely recognized for his large-scale murals, Wyland has painted over one hundred of them which are installed across the globe. His work is held in private collections and public places in over one hundred countries. His public works are viewed by an estimated one billion people each year.

The educational component is key – each of the six Miami Beach public schools will participate, as well as the Hebrew Academy, with the fourth-grade students helping paint the murals during a two-day period, May 3rd and 4th. This work will be painted live between 410 and 420 Lincoln Road, directly in front of the FIU College of Architecture + the Arts.

Prior to the live event on May 3rd and 4th, the Miami Beach schools will participate in the Wyland Foundation “Mayors’ Challenge” for conservation. During the month of April, the students will work in their science class to collect and conserve rain water, in water barrels decorated with a Wyland design, which will be used to irrigate the schools’ gardens.

To kick-off the two-day event, there will be an onsite press conference and ceremony announcing the winners of the Wyland Foundation National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

This partnership is founded on much generosity by all of the team members, in particular as the artist and his Foundation team, who are donating much of their personal time, talent and project costs.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity to partner with such an important artist and conservationist. Wyland and his Wyland Foundation provide a great platform to help communicate the mission of our Arts and Culture Council,” stated Jerry Libbin, President of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Miami Beach City Commissioner.
This project will achieve many wonderful benefits- not only the involvement and education of the Miami Beach students, but it will create a means to raise funds for three pertinent charities –each of which will receive one third of the revenues. The completed murals can be purchased for $50,000 each, with all proceeds benefitting these charities that support the environment, public education and the arts. Signed lithographs of the murals along with branded t-shirts will also be sold to raise funds.

Sponsors of The Wyland Project include the Sagamore Hotel, Fast Care, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and FIU College of Architecture + the Arts.

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