SANTA FE NATIVE ARTIST DOUG COFFIN
T H E . S P I R I T . O F . T O T E M S
DOUG COFFIN IS A PROLIFIC Native American contemporary painter/sculptor whose vibrant work seems to be everywhere: The Grand Palais in Paris, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Museum of the American Arts, and the Heard Museum, have all featured his work.
In Santa Fe his art has been shown at the renowned Santa Fe Indian Market since the 70's and currently his beautiful, sculptural TOTEM - DANCE MOON - is part of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden's sculpture exhibit (above photo).
Photos of totems courtesy of artist.
His abstract totem poles blend the rich imagery of his Native American heritage - Potawatomi/Creek - with a bold contemporary style.
"I have always been fascinated with the medicine and war shields that were often painted as visions. The heart of my work continues to reflect their spiritual significance."
His latest totems were just installed at the entrance to Santa Fe's DRURY PLAZA HOTEL, thanks to art consultant Bobby Beals who brokered the installation.
It was an amazing production, involving a humongous flatbed truck, a skilled crane operator, a crew of handlers, and the artist coordinating it all. Of course there was an enthusiastic audience - all taking photos. Here's what I captured...
Two flatbeds - two totems...
The crane operator, showing remarkable finesse, maneuvered the massive ball and tackle just so; lifting the steel totems gracefully into the air.
Doug climbed aboard the flatbed "reigning" the ball and tackle into position.
Up, up it went...
Yup...those seem to be winged clouds embellishing the totem.
Doug and crew maneuvering the totem into place.
V for victory...
Well-earned congratulations from Randy Randall, Executive Director TOURISM SANTA FE.
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