Deer are among the very first animals to have been represented in early human art. They can be found in the earliest cave paintings and carvings ever discovered. Our relationship with deer is that of hunter and hunted, but it’s also more complex than that. Deer can also represent the soul, a spirit of mystery, and are often symbolic of shape-shifting deities. They play a sacred role in Indian, Egyptian, Greek, Huichol (Mexican), Hindu, Celtic, Buddhist, and Islamic cultures. In Japanese Shinto tradition, deer are kept at shrines as sacred messengers to the gods.
By Bob Guelich
While Bob Guelich was once solely a painter, he learned that he loved sculpture because he preferred working three-dimensionally and felt that it better expressed his creativity and love for animals. Guelich has created artworks for zoos, sculpture parks, and universities all across the United States. He has also won several national awards including the National Sculpture Society Gold Award for his artwork.View all sculptures by this artist.
Did You Know?
- Whitetail deer are the smallest members of the North American deer family yet still weigh anywhere from 110-300 pounds.
- These deer are very skittish and shy.
- Whitetail deer waive their tails characteristically from side to side when they are startled.
- They are very fast and can bound at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
- Whitetail deer have superb eyesight and hearing and are also very good swimmers.
- Only the male whitetail deer grow antlers and they shed them every year.