The artist Wyland is in town this week to restore his iconic “Song of the Whales” mural that adorns the walls of the Cleveland Public Power plant on North Marginal Road, visible from the East Shoreway.

The finished restoration is to be rededicated at the site at 5 p.m. Friday.

“I was here for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuyahoga River,” said Wyland, 63, who was born Robert Wyland and grew up in Detroit. “I wanted to come back here to repaint the wall for Cleveland.”

Trying to touch up a faded mural was no easy task. “We had to make five to six color matches. We had to match it to the best of our ability knowing it had faded over time,” said Color Renovation vice president Don Milewski.

The original idea was to touch up the mural. As they got into the project, they decided the mural was too far gone. So rather than just a touch up, they decided to go all the way. They ordered about 200 gallons of paint to redo the entire project.

Color Renovation got an early jump Wednesday morning and painted the lower 40% of the building. This allowed Wyland to jump right in and work on the mural.

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