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Public Art Focus: Tlingit Dancing Staff

See the "Tlingit Dancing Staff" by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

It’s a great time to get outside and explore public art. See the Tlingit Dancing Staff by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

Design work and fabrication began in Summer 2017 and in January 2018 the piece was installed on-site at NW 11th and Hoyt St. at the new Dianne Apartment building.  Constructed of steel, glass and lighting elements this piece stands over 20 feet tall.

This piece represents a Tlingit dancing staff, used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This work explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top of the sculpture depicting Raven holding the sun.

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff
Preston Singletary and David Franklin
Glass and steel
24 ft tall
Location: NW 11th and Hoyt St., Portland, OR.

 

Installation of Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Detail

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Night

 

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Final Phase - Killer Whale Totem

A look at the final steps before the new Killer Whale Totem is completed. 

The Killer Whale Totem, the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, is almost complete and has been successfully cast in lead crystal. The final step in this year–long process is finishing and refining all of the surface areas.

Following the completion of the first Family Story Totem series, The Killer Whale Totem features Singletary’s moiety (the Eagle) on top, his clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, and a thunderbird that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.

This process started in winter 2017; first the totem was carved in wood, which was then used to create a mold. Using a lost wax process the piece was then cast in several sections. Standing at nearly eight feet tall the Killer Whale Totem will weigh close to 2,500 pounds when completed.

Stay tuned for updates on this exceptional project and as we unveil the final piece. Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions.

 

Killer Whale Totem  - Carved Wood, 106” x 33.5” x 22”

 

Killer Whale Totem - Cast lead crystal, small version 36” tall

 

A Modern Creation Story  - A look at how the Family Story Totem was created in lead crystal. 

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Large “Killer Whale Totem”

Introducing the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary to be cast in lead crystal, “Killer Whale Totem”. Stay tuned for updates of this exceptional project as we follow the progress from this early stage to the final work.

Introducing the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary to be cast in lead crystal, “Killer Whale Totem”.  Following the success of the “Family Story Totem”, this large totem pole features Singletary’s clan crest (Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (Eagle) on top, and a thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson, the carver of the wooden pole. At the bottom are soul catcher forms flanking human faces.


At nearly 8 feet tall the “Killer Whale Totem” will weigh close to 3,000 pounds when complete. Created in a very limited edition of three totems total, each will be in a different color. A mold will be crafted from the wood model and then used to cast the piece in lead crystal. This monumental totem will be cast in the Czech Republic and is projected to take twelve months to complete. The wood model to create the first of the series has recently been sent to the Czech Republic.

Stay tuned for updates of this exceptional project as we follow the progress from this early stage to the final work. 

 

 

  

“Killer Whale Totem” - Carved Wood Model

 

 

Learn more about the “Family Story Totem”, the first in the completed series of large scale totems by Preston Singletary.

Learn more about the smaller "Killer Whale Totem" in lead crystal, the first of which was recently completed. 

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New Photos from the Walter Soboleff Center at Juneau, Alaska

CLICK FOR NEW PHOTOS OF THE CLAN HOUSE SCREEN AT THE WALTER SOBOLEFF CENTER

Presenting the finished Clan House glass screen and house posts at the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, Alaska. Thanks to the Sealaska Heritage Institute for the image and the commission.

The screen shows a stylized Northwest Coast design and is made of sandblasted glass. On the left stands an Eagle warrior; while on the right stands a Raven created in a dark charcoal color.

This screen measures approximately 11.5 feet high by 16 feet wide and weighs over 1000 lbs. It's created with 28 glass panels, 28 plexiglass panels, and over 200 custom made mounting bolts.

 

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Behind the Scenes: The Screen at The Walter Soboleff Center, Juneau, Alaska

New photos of the Soboleff Screen process!

Our friend and photographer Russell Johnson documented the first stages of the production of the screen for the Sealaska Heritage Insititute's Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, AK. 

All photographs are copyright Russell Johnson.  Please ask permission for use.

 

   

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