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Totem

Photo Credits:  Larry Ferguson © 2009
Photo Credits:  Larry Ferguson © 2009
Finished in 2004

by: Catherine Ferguson
Medium: Steel
Dimensions: 25' x 8.5'
Owner: City of Omaha

Location

Downtown
W. Dale Clark Library 215 S. 15th St.

Description

Abstract Sculpture

Additional Information

Totem pays homage to the prehistoric people of central North America who facilitated their economic, social and religious community life by building massive earthen sculptures. The animals shapes depicted in Totem are recorded in the Iowa Effigy Mound Manifestation: An Interpretive Model by R. Clark Mallam, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologis; circa 1976. The effigy mounds were earthen representations of mammals, reptiles, birds and geometric forms along the Upper Mississippi River built by hunting and gathering people prior to 1300 A.D. While carefully replicating the ancient shapes of the earth effigy mounds, the contemporary Totem was fabricated of aluminum with the aid of computers and the calculations of engineers. Totem was commissioned by the Omaha Public Art Commission with funds donated by the J. Doe Project.