The murals, designed by Alaska artist Ray Troll, were installed last week on the otherwise drab NOAA Fisheries Service building next door to the Pacific Grove Lighthouse.
“We went through the coastal commission some time ago,” said Frank Schwing, director of the environmental research division for the fisheries service. “It was determined we didn’t have to do any formal permitting.”
The colorful murals — large panels painted on fabric and installed on the entire upper portion of the research building — depicts marine life such as humpback whales, birds, salmon, sunfish and sardines.
Up close they look ok against the concrete bunker like building.
But from a distance – it looks like a billboard in the pines.