Courtesy: Courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Tiki Totems

Portland, Oregon

Kenny Scharf (

Jamison Square, 810 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97209
Administrator:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Owner:  City of Portland
Date:  2001
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  aluminum (metal)
Description:  Created by internationally renowned artist Kenny Scharf, the Tikitotemoniki Totems, also known as "Tiki Totems", are four 30 foot tall sculptures covering streetcar catenary poles near Jamison Square. Scharf is best known for his adaptation of cartoon images for the realm of fine art and the faces depicted in the totems either delight or unnerve passersby, depending on individual point of view. Scharf remarks, "These four Tiki Totem monikers are a fantasy come true. To realize something of this magnitude is beyond my wildest dreams. I love the way they relate to the Pacific Northwest culture as well as the universal Tiki culture, which extends from the South Pacific through the Northwest and up to Alaska. As I've said before, art should, above all, be fun, and these huge 3D forms translate that perfectly."

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