Totem (Paluzzi)

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Totem by Rinaldo Paluzzi.jpg
Artist Rinaldo Paluzzi
Year 1982 (1982)
Type Stainless Steel
Dimensions 980 cm × 150 cm × 150 cm (384 in × 60 in × 60 in)
Location Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°46′04″N 86°10′17″W / 39.76778°N 86.17139°W / 39.76778; -86.17139
Owner White River State Park

Totem, is a public artwork by American-Spanish artist Rinaldo Paluzzi, located on the grounds of White River State Park, which is in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The sculpture is made of stainless steel and is a triangular shaped vertical "tube" with triangular and trapezoidal cut-outs in the steel. The piece sits centered atop a concrete circle, 40 feet in diameter, with a sundial face. The piece was constructed in 1982 and dedicated November 9, 1982. It is copyrighted 1983.[1]


The sculpture also has a bronze plaque placed just south of it. The plaque reads: TOTEM/BY RINALDO PALUZZI (AMERICAN B. 1927)/FABRICATED BY MITCHUM-SHAEFER, INC./OF INDIANAPOLIS AND DONATED TO THE WHITE RIVER STATE PARK ON NOV. 9, 1982/INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS (33 names listed) INSTITUTIONAL CONTRIBUTORS (30 names listed).[1]


White River State Park owns the piece, which was fabricated by Mitchum-Shaefer, Inc. based out of Indianapolis. Over 60 individuals and institutions contributed the $95,000 to install the piece.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Save Outdoor Sculpture, Indiana Survey (1992). "Totem (sculpture)". SIRIS. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 

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