The Killer Whale Totem, the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, is almost complete and has been successfully cast in lead crystal. The final step in this year–long process is finishing and refining all of the surface areas.
Following the completion of the first Family Story Totem series, The Killer Whale Totem features Singletary’s moiety (the Eagle) on top, his clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, and a thunderbird that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.
This process started in winter 2017; first the totem was carved in wood, which was then used to create a mold. Using a lost wax process the piece was then cast in several sections. Standing at nearly eight feet tall the Killer Whale Totem will weigh close to 2,500 pounds when completed.
Stay tuned for updates on this exceptional project and as we unveil the final piece. Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions.
Killer Whale Totem - Carved Wood, 106” x 33.5” x 22”
Killer Whale Totem - Cast lead crystal, small version 36” tall
A Modern Creation Story - A look at how the Family Story Totem was created in lead crystal.