Duane Pasco with Victor Mowatt and Earl Muldon
Seattle Center Totem
1970

LOCATION
Southwest corner of Center House

FUNDING SOURCE
Seattle Arts Commission


Located near the Center House, the Seattle Center Totem is a 30-foot-high pole carved in the Pacific Northwest coast Indian tradition. It features from top to bottom Hawk, Bear (holding a salmon), Raven and Killer Whale. Traces of the original bright red and black paint are still visible but undeniably faded. The once well-defined designs of the hand-carved wood have been smoothed by years of wind, rain and sun. This natural weathering is not meant to be viewed as an indication of neglect but rather as a sign of respect in accordance with the Native American tradition that totems be left to age gracefully. Such obvious signs of nature taking its course are considered hard-earned and worthy of display.