Whaling Wall – Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach, California, USA
This asset adds the Redondo Beach Whaling Wall to the game as a Unique Building.
The Redondo Beach Whaling Wall is a massive mural (itself titled "Whaling Wall No. 31" or "Gray Whale Migration") 95 feet tall and 622 feet long, painted by the artist Wyland on 4 faces of a disused structure once part of the AES Redondo Generating Station, a power plant. The largest feature of the Redondo Beach waterfront, the mural depicts local ocean life, primarily gray whales, a blue whale and calf, and a small pod of dolphins. Wyland’s "Whaling Wall" series of murals numbers over 100 pieces world-wide, with the stated goals of involving local communities and inspiring children to get involved in marine conservation awareness. The structure has fallen into disrepair over the years, and the fate of the mural is uncertain as the entire AES Power Plant site, long slated for demolition and redevelopment, is the subject of a decade-long legal and public relations battle between city leadership, real estate moguls, and the mural artist himself.
This is not only my first-ever Cities: Skylines asset, but my very first 3D Model + texturing ever! So it may be a little unimpressive, especially around the back side of the building, and it also is bigger than the plot it sits on (sits on a 16×5 Plot, but is actually more like 18.5×6), likely requiring some extra flattening to fit into your build. If you intend to work this asset into your city, my recommendation would be to use it to sort of block out an "eyesore" area from your coastal developments; like an Industrial zone, cargo/warehouse area, or even city utilities like power/water/maintenance. It’s definitely a big and super niche structure that you won’t use in every single city, but I hope it can find a home in at least one of your builds!
Category: Unique Building/Level 5
Texture size: 2048×1024
Tris: 88 (lol)
LOD Tris: 82 (now that’s efficiency!)
Tags: Mural, Environmental, Beach, Coast, Pacific Ocean, Marina, Harbor, Waterfront, Sea, Whale, Dolphin, Los Angeles, LA, Southern California, SoCal, United States, building
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