Totem today

2009
Open Source Amsterdam
International Art Manifestation

The area where Totem Today is situated is a transitional space. The double metro viaduct is a powerful monumental gesture in urban Bijlmer. The bold viaduct evokes thoughts of a journey. The area under the viaduct is a noman’s land. In this area Tee placed ten marble ‘totems’. With this she refers to sacred objects with magical connotations. These ten totems bear phrases such as Local Myths and Open Horizon. Together they mark what Tee calls a ‘rite de passage’. The slender totems are like spirits of the concrete columns of the metro. With Totem Today Tee intents to create awareness of what at first sight is an undefined area, thereby charging our daily surroundings with poetic meaning