"Silver King"

"Silver King" 

(1988) by American Sculptor D.H.S. Wehle is located outside the Esther B. O'Keeffe Gallery Building. The large bronze fish is edition no. 2 of 3, and was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. F. Warrington Gillet, Jr. to Mr. Walter S. Gubelmann upon his retirement as President of The Society of the Four Arts in 1998.


"Duff" Wehle (b.1950) is a well-known zoologist and environmentalist and has produced a number of landmark studies and publications on marine birds. He is also an award-winning wildlife sculptor. "Silver King" depicts a tarpon, the largest member of the herring/sardine family that can attain a weight of nearly 300 pounds. They are the most aerial and acrobatic of all the large game fish. Their explosive and powerful leaps from the water when caught on an artificial lure make tarpon one of the most sought after by sports fishermen. They are, still today, one of Florida's leading promoters of tourism. 

The final stop on the sculpture tour is located near the Intracoastal Waterway.