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Boy With A Dolphin Sculpture Dedication Tomorrow

Date: Tue, October 5, 2021 04:53 PM

A special dedication to the Boy with a Dolphin sculpture on Grayson College’s campus will take place on October 6th at 10am. The event is hosted by the Grayson College Foundation outside Cruce Stark Auditorium on the Denison campus.

“I am excited about the Boy with a Dolphin sculpture being on our campus,” Executive Director for Grayson College Foundation Randy Truxal said. “There are only four of these sculptures in the world. How can you not be excited? What a gift from the Grayson Museum and the Spears Family!”

Previously, the Boy with a Dolphin statue was showcased in the First United Bank on Taylor Street in Sherman. It was acquired by Sherman-based bankers, Charles and Charlotte Spears, when they travelled the world and accumulated an art collection that would be displayed in their banks. Additionally, Charles Spears served on the Grayson College Board of Trustees.

When Charles Spears acquired the sculpture in 1985 he wrote, “The dolphin seems more than any other species to feel and demonstrate the joy of being alive. We hope and pray that this superior expression of movement and joy-of-being can still, 1,000 years from now, be standing here in Sherman.”

The Boy with a Dolphin sculpture has been called an iconic piece of British Sculpture and known as one of the most recognisable landmarks in London. The sculpture was completed by David Wayne in 1974. The first work stands 13 feet high and is situated next to Albert Bridge on the banks of the River Thames in Chelsea. The other copies of the sculpture can be found in Connecticut, and at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.