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Unauthorized Wyland whale mural gets painted over

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Telcom painted over an unauthorized mural on one of its buildings by renowned marine artist Robert Wyland.

The artist acknowledged he did not have permission to spray-paint the Maui building, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

The life-size image stretching 65 feet depicted a female humpback whale.

Wyland said he apologized and hoped Hawaiian Telcom would not paint over the mural he created during more than three hours of work over two days.

“I apologize for not running it up the food chain,” he said Monday.

Hawaiian Telcom never received a direct apology from Wyland, the company said.