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Tag: Landmarks Commission


Tacoma Totem Pole tidbits

As we reported Tuesday, a specially convened deaccession review panel charged with deciding whether to remove the city-owned totem pole in Fireman’s Park from the municipal arts collection recommended that it remain part of Tacoma’s collected public artworks.

Now, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to separately determine what should be done with the aging pole that has become a falling hazard and is temporarily fenced off and braced.  Such options could include shoring the pole in place, preserving and cleaning it, taking it down,  finding a place indoors to display it and/or even commissioning a

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Tacoma: Review panel unanimously agrees that totem pole should not be removed from city’s arts collection

They mulled over its decrepit condition, speculated about who carved it and discussed its historical and cultural significance – both as a potential sacred artifact and a beloved object of commercial kitsch.

But in the end, all voting members of a specially convened review panel agreed Tuesday: Tacoma’s totem pole should remain part of the city’s art collection.

“I think it’s important to keep it,” said Jack Curtright, a longtime Tacoma dealer of Native American art. “It’s been here, I grew up with it. It’s been an icon of this community.”

Tacoma’s Arts Commission took the unusual step of convening

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