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Meet Wally, Janna Robertson’s Gator at Wilmington’s Forest of DREAMS

Friday, September 02, 2016

Janna Robertson’s signature contribution to the ‘Forest of DREAMS’ mural in downtown Wilmington is a 20-foot alligator named Wally.

Wally began as a dilapidated brick wall at the corner of Tenth and Fanning streets. In a painstaking process over the course of several months, the crumbling structure has been transformed into a magnificent brick and concrete sculpture that is half-wall, half-alligator.

This summer, Myrtle Grove Middle School students and neighborhood volunteers helped paint Wally’s ridges and apply final touches. In a Facebook post in August Robertson proudly announced, “Wally is finished and signed… He has truly been a labor of love. Please go by and say hi to him. He told me if you tell him your dreams, they will come true.”

Wally’s creation is chronicled in a video produced by Robertson and her daughter Jessie.

For photos of Wally and information on the Forest of Dreams mural visit:

http://forestofdreamsnc.wixsite.com/homepage

https://www.facebook.com/forestofdreamsmural/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzwweJ5jzOnAuUtn6jv6zlA