‘UNDER WATER WITH WYLAND’ – POP-UPS, PAINTERS AND A LITTLE OF PIZZAZZ
The Museum of Diving History in Islamorada hosted its first ever “pop-up” event with acclaimed marine life artist and conservationist Wyland. The painter offered to the public to paint live in the museum library in a traditional Japanese style where the lines are omitted by the painter but mentally filled by the spectators. The unique originals were auctioned off to benefit the museum as well as the Wyland Foundation. Wyland’s “Aquarius” was also on site and will be on display at the museum until December 31. The piece pays homage to the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau as well as to the underwater habitat of Aquarius. The water-based oil paints were not toxic to marine life, Wyland assured everyone. The environmentalist finished all of the painting on an air tank, “plein air style painting, but underwater,” he said. As a special cornerstone, Wyland invited Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien, to paint his grandfather’s iconic red cap. With genuine Wyland humor, the artist joked, “I fixed it after. Don’t tell him (Fabien).