Wyland Creates Commemorative Mural in American Samoa
OIA Field Office in American Samoa (April 15, 2008) - Robert Wyland was commissioned by the American Samoa Government to create a mural on the north wall of the Executive Office Building to commemorate the 2008 Year of the Reef and the 10th Festival of the Pacific Arts which will be hosted by the people of American Samoa this year from July 20th to August 2nd.
The Festival is estimated to cost approximately $3.5 million. Several local and off island businesses have made substantial monetary contributions to the Festival. OIA provided a technical assistance grant for $339,000.
The current Wyland masterpiece in America Samoa brings the tally of Wyland Whaling Walls to three in the Insular Areas. There are two others, one in Palau and the other on Guam: Wyland 90th Whaling Wall, Palau’s Blue Corner, Palau International Airport and Etpison Museum, Republic of Palau, February 2003. Wyland 91st Whaling Wall, Guam’s Ocean Life, Guam International Airport, Hagatna, Guam, February 2004.