33. Silver King

D. H. S. Wehle

Silver King, 1988, bronze

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. F. Warrington Gillet, Jr. in honor of Mr. Walter S. Gubelmann upon his retirement as President of The Society of the Four Arts

Collection of The Society of the Four Arts, 1988.1


American artist D.H.S. “Duff” Wehle (b. 1950) is also a zoologist and environmentalist. His sculptures of various wildlife set out to capture the essence of animals in their natural state. Installed in the center of a water fountain, this sculpture creates the illusion that an Atlantic tarpon (also known as a Silver King) is jumping out of the ocean. The giants of the fish world, Atlantic tarpons can grow up up to 8 feet in length and can weigh up to 350 pounds. Despite their large size, they are one of the most aerial and acrobatic large game fish. Close inspection reveals the sculpture has two patinas: rich dark brown for the fish and green for the waves of water.