Standing over nine feet tall and made at the end of the 19th century and retaiing its original patina, this exquisite American elk by the Joseph Winn Fiske company of New York stands as one of the greatest outdoor 'garden' statuary. Due to their cost ($210 for a bronze painted copy) few were ever commissioned and fewer yet survive today. This majestic sculpture presents simultaneously the immense power and serenity of nature. The lifelike rendering of elk's mane and antlers is beyond reproach and may be based on a design by Berlin sculptor Christian Daniel Rauch (1777–1857). Due to their cost the majority of these elk sculptures were used in parks or other public spaces. In April 1899 Reading, Pennsylvania erected Elk Fountain where an elk statue was placed in the center of an octagonal basin with eight drinking posts. Other later elks may be found at Elk's Rest Memorial, Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa, New Jersey and once at the Newburgh, New York Elks Lodge. For additional information on Fiske and their sculpture see Carol A. Grissom, Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850-1950, (Newark, NJ: University of Delaware Press, 2009).