Totems

Totem Figures

Eight large totem sculptures surround Queen Califia. They are adorned with stylized monsters, protective deities, geometric symbols, crests, skulls, humans and various animals that once played vital roles in the lives of the native population and are still endowed with sacredness and special powers. Of particular importance is the eagle, distinguished by his extraordinary high flight which brings him nearest to the sun and in closer proximity to the gods than any other creature. Figuring in both pre-conquest Mexican legend and Native American imagery, it is a frequent image in Saint Phalle's work.

Cathead Totem

11.6 ft x 6 ft x 4 ft

Birdhead Totem

13.4 ft x 7 ft x 2.9 ft

Yelling Man Totem

16 ft x 5 ft x 2.8 ft

Bullhead Totem

17ft x 6 ft x 3 ft

Untitled Totem

21ft x 6 ft x 4 ft

Kingfisher Totem

14 ft x 5 ft x 4 ft

Step Totem

13 ft x 3 ft x 8.6 ft

Snake Totem

16 ft. high x 4 ft. in diameter

Construction Totem

Working from original clay maquettes, totems are made of polystyrene encased in urethane skin with applied fiberglass coating over a steel armature.

Surface Materials

The totems are covered in hundreds of thousands of individually hand-cut mirrored and colored glass, ceramic, a wide range of tumbled stone, natural shells and specialized glass mosaics. The materials were collected from all over the world.

Fabrication

Art Mosaic Inc., Santee, CA

Mosaic Installation

Art Mosaic Inc., Santee