U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of the Secretary - U.S. Department of the Interior - www.doi.gov - Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2008
Contacts: Kristen Hellmer, CEQ, 202-395-0801
Chris Paolino, DOI, 202-208-6416
Bill Line, NPS, 202-619-7222
Paul Taylor, NOAA, 202-482-5757
Steve Creech, Wyland Foundation, 949 436-2489
Tracy Bowen, Alice Fergusson Foundation, 202-746-1663

Partners to Unveil a Special Exhibition
“Hands Across The Ocean” on the National Mall

What: Press Conference to unveil renowned artist Wyland’s 27-year environmental art project. The installation is an international effort celebrating children, art, and the environment.
When: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Rain or shine
Where: In front of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
Madison Drive and 10th Street, on the National Mall
Who: James Connaughton, Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Conrad C. Lautenbacher, NOAA Administrator
Wyland, Artist and Founder, Wyland Foundation, introduced by Mark
Victor Hansen, creator, Chicken Soup for the Soul
Cristian Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History
Tracy Bowen, Executive Director, Alice Fergusson Foundation
Background: “Hands Across the Ocean,” an art project by Wyland, was created in Chaoyang Park, Beijing, China for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Cultural Festival and the Green Olympics. This project includes one half mile of murals created by children from 110 countries to promote the environmental sustainability of oceans, lakes, rivers and wetlands from 205 Olympic countries. This project comprises fifty-four 450 square foot murals (10'x45') for a total length of 3,200 meters. The Wyland Foundation has installed this project on the National Mall to coincide with the opening of the new Sant Ocean Hall in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


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