June 9, 2009
The Aquarium of the Pacific welcomed more than 430 artists of all ages for the Art Miles mural event on Tuesday, February 3. The Art Miles Project is an international effort that uses art to promote global peace and address a variety of issues facing us today, including those involving the environment. School-age children, Aquarium members, employees, and volunteers teamed up to paint canvases for the Art Miles Project. Through their efforts, the Aquarium of the Pacific contributed 28 panels to the growing mural to help Art Miles set the world record for the longest ocean mural.
The Aquarium’s portion of the ocean mural is called The Urban Ocean. This is a place where humans and the ocean meet and where there are multiple and conflicting human uses of the coastal ocean. The Aquarium’s goal was to illustrate how humans and nature can coexist.
Digital images of the panels created at the Aquarium will be attached to another mural created in the Philippines, called the Fishes of the Ocean. The combined canvases created the world’s largest mural about the ocean, which was displayed in Turkey in March.
People from all over the world, of all ages and cultures, created art for this project by painting or sewing it onto canvases that measure up to 12 feet by 5 feet. The Aquarium’s panels were 9 feet by 5 feet. Eventually, these canvases will be joined together to create the longest painting in the world. Art Miles Founders Joanne and Fouad Tawfilis wanted to create a project that would “teach children understanding and respect.”
The project will culminate in the creation of a pyramid structure in Egypt that will display twelve miles of murals to celebrate the International Day of Peace in 2010. So far, the project has eight miles of murals covering topics such as the environment and world peace.