The concept for "Shifting Totems" was to create a piece that would spark a moment of pride, empowerment, and inspiration within the Glenville community. The piece is a series of three aluminum totems that appear to be growing from the ground. Each totem has a certain number of units that can be rotated to spell out different words like strong, vote, and pride. The units range from approximately 9' tall to 6' tall and are 5' in diameter. The steel base allows not only for structural stability, but also functions as seating around the piece.
"Shifting Totems" was created with the local community to bring a piece to this neighborhood that they could call theirs. We worked closely with their ideas to develop this public art piece. We wanted to use the playability and design of the piece to showcase the pride, empowerment, and inspiration of the community. To be a place for people of all demographics to hangout around and converse about the past, present, and future of the neighborhood.
"Shifting Totems" is an interactive piece we created through a series of participatory design workshops with the City of Cleveland and the Glenville community. Through these workshops we designed a series of concepts that we had the community choose from. "Shifting Totems" was a piece that was created for the City of Cleveland, but was designed directly with the community of Glenville.
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