Ishmael at Salisbury University

Ishmael was inspired by the award winning 1992 novel of the same name by Daniel Quinn. [1] The Novel begins, “Teacher seeks pupil. Must have a desire to save the world.” The young man who responds finds the teacher to be a 450 pound silverback gorilla named Ishmael. Ishmael is a student of ecology, life, freedom and the human condition as well as a teacher to humans for survival on Earth. The sculptor, Bart Walter was inspired by the thoughtful insights of Ishmael. From hundreds of sketches made from observing silverback gorillas at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Walter created the statue which simulaneously captures the essence of Ishmael. presents a real gorilla and functions as a work of art. Walter is internationally known for his distinctive approach to surface and texture in his wildlife statues in bronze and wood.”

Bart Walter [American, 1958- ]
Ishmael, Cast 1995
Foundry – Art of Casting of Colorado,
Loveland, Colorado.

If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways, book by Daniel Quinn

“…no one with anything important to say has ever managed to encompass the whole of it in one book,”


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