The American Flag Mural in Destin, Florida is the World’s Largest
Exactly 2 years ago this August, an American Flag mural painted on the roof of Legendary Marine in Destin, Florida, was confirmed by the Guinness World Records to be the largest flag mural in the world.
World-renowned artist Robert Wyland, or to most just “Wyland,” is best known for his life-size and life-like marine murals, part of a 25-year, “100 Whaling Wall Project,” where he has painted phenomenal, eye-catching renderings of whales, dolphins and other ocean scenery on the sides of buildings and places throughout the world. Legendary Marine in Destin, as one of the largest marinas around, was the perfect canvas for one of his most spectacular “Whaling Walls,” no. 88, completed in 2001. At this time, Wyland added the mural of a huge, American Flag to the Legendary Marine rooftop, as a somewhat secret surprise to catch your eye while in the air.
The flag seen today is an expansion from the original painted in 2001. When Wyland expanded and reconditioned the “Whaling Wall” in 2016, the vision for a much more dynamic eye-catching American statement was born. It took a joint effort by Wyland, Wyland Foundation, Legendary and Sherwin Williams to create the Largest American Flag Mural ever right here in Destin, Florida, as a tribute to our country and the military, so prominent in the region.
“I looked up on the roof—the old flag had faded away and I took Peter up there and said, ‘Why don’t we paint the largest flag on earth?’ and he looked at me and said, ‘Of course,'” said Wyland to Legendary owner Peter Bos.
“I got the idea really to do the flag because an officer here, Bill Myers, was murdered serving a warrant and the officer was retired, just trying to earn a little bit of money to take his grandchildren to Disney World and it broke my heart, so I said I want to honor this officer and all the officers across America,” said Wyland.
Along with our first responders, police officers, EMT, firefighters, etc., the Emerald Coast is home to several military bases from Panama City to Pensacola—seven large bases, to be exact. Eglin Airforce Base in Fort Walton/Valparaiso, at 463,128 acres, is right around the corner and considered one of the largest air force installations in the world. These heroes are the inspiration that moved Wyland to paint the largest American Flag mural.
The mural, which measures 554 feet by 299 feet – an impressive 3.8 acres in size, was dedicated as a “THANK YOU” to the United States Military and First Responders on April 13, 2016. The strong military presence in this area creates a pride in the community for our country and appreciation for the ones who serve and dedicate their lives to protect and defend us every day.
“We have 300 million people in the U.S. One hundred percent of them should support our military, our vets, our police, our firemen, our coast guards, all our first responders,” said Artist, Wyland. “One hundred percent. Are you guys with me?”
“When we painted the first flag in 2001, it was only painted on the north end of the roof,” said Peter Bos, Legendary’s owner. “Impressive as it was, I wished we could have done more to show our appreciation to all those that keep our nation and ourselves safe and free.”
It’s the world’s biggest flag mural, and it’s on the roof at the Legendary Marina in Destin, FL. Condo-World can get you on the beautiful sugary beaches of Destin or Miramar Beach. Seascape’s Ariel Dunes has 1,2, and 3-bedroom Gulf view condos with one of the largest stretches of beachfront and all the amenities right at your fingertips. Or try Sterling Shores with 1,2,3 and 4-bedroom Gulf view condos closer into the town of Destin near Big Kahuna’s and loads of unique Destin restaurants serving delicious seafood and fare. Both resorts are 4.5 star and promote relaxing sunsets and long walks on the beach.