by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Totem II  will be unveiled in its permanent location at the Jean Road fire station on Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m.The Arts Council of Lake Oswego invites the public to attend the unveiling of Totem II, a new permanent public art sculpture to be located at the Jean Road fire station, 4555 Jean Road in Lake Oswego. The unveiling will occur on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m.

Throughout history and across many different cultures, totems have existed as representations of community and are emblematic of a group of people, a community or “clan.” In Totem II, artist Travis Pond uses recycled steel parts and re-purposes them by welding them into dynamic sculptures, often representing animals and mythical creatures. “Half of what I do is collecting materials,” said Pond. “I look for objects with significance and meaning — objects that have connections to us as individuals and as a whole. The scraps I use are a part of our human history.”

Several of the objects collected for Totem II were donated last year by Waluga Jr. High School, Bryant Elementary and the fire station, and are integrated into the final design.

The sculpture dedication ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a special “honoring” ceremony performed by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Pond will speak and Mayor Jack Hoffman will accept the sculpture as a gift to the city.

Local businessman, Don Caldwell of Delap LLP, was the visionary behind the project and provided the initial seed money to commission Pond, of SteelPond Studios in Hillsboro. John Stirek and Sid Hodges of The Fairbridge Foundation have also made a significant contribution, dedicated to the memory of James Harris.

The Arts Council is asking for additional support to fund the final 35 percent needed.All donations are tax deductible. A contribution of $100 or more entitles you to a stainless steel engraved plaque to be installed in the sculpture’s plaza that will stand as a legacy for years to come. If you would like to become a legacy sponsor of this important neighborhood centerpiece, mail your donation to Arts Council of Lake Oswego, 380 A Avenue, P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Write “Totem II” in the subject line.

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