Peace Totem

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"Peace Totem" was conceived in direct opposition to today's dire global events and pop culture's fascination with apocalyptic themes. To counter society's doom and gloom we have a glimpse of a gentler moment. Exploring Native American composition and meaning in previous artistic expression (see "Tipi Dream" Art Prize 2012) this totem was given form. I looked to Christian imagery for theme while keeping true to Native American style.. Inspired by the book of Isaiah 11:6, where all God's creatures are in harmony with one another. Lion and lamb, eagle and dove provide examples of intentional contentment when peace is enacted. The top tier occupied by woman as an angel celebrates the quintessential symbol of peacemaker and peacekeeper.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: Stained Glass Mosaic
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 7 feet

Venue & Connection Information

The "Peace Totem" mosaic has three tiers whose total size measures 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide by 6 inches thick. The framework of a re-purposed waterbed frame and 2x12s provide structure for the piece. An application of stained glass was glued and grouted to the frame to constitute the images. Each tier is a separate layer that is bolted together to make the whole. Weighing approximately 150 pounds, "Peace Totem" will require inside installation near a wall or would show well in a large window seen from outside.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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