Three ornately carved totems reflect the abundant beauty of the world's natural resources and the precariousness of the relationship we maintain with them. Of his carvings, the artist says:
This artwork begins as homage to its source media. All of the wood used in [my carvings] is naturally felled. No living tree has or will be cut for the sake of this work. I come from a long tradition of Norwegian fishermen and boat builders. The chisels I use have been passed from my grandfather to my father to me. The craftsmanship of my work speaks to the universality and the timelessness of carving.
This work uses the primitive tradition of carving to abstractly explore a synthesis of contemporary circumstances. It explores the relationships we maintain with each other and our world. The emerging globalism of art is inherent to [these carvings]. Images from my heritage have been expanded over the past few years by my travels through many countries, including Egypt, Kenya, Tahiti, India, China, and Thailand. I have found the universal expression of carving throughout each of the cultures I have encountered. It serves as a vehicle for imagery that is inspired by our varying experiences, as well as the natural resources from which we all benefit.
Artist: Steve Jensen
Medium: Cedar (96" tall)
Year: Purchased and donated to the City by Dorothy Hughes in 2008