We restored the Seaton Totem Pole, a popular community landmark in Aberdeen after concerns were expressed it was falling into disrepair. After a 10th anniversary makeover, the colourful wild-west themed structure was given a new lease of life.
This community-led project was originally initiated in 2006 by the local authority in partnership with Aberdeen Green Space and was created through community activities engaging local residents and after-school groups. The pole was designed by residents and pupils of Seaton School and features carvings that represent their community, including a seagull, a multi-storey block and a football.
It’s not every day we take a Totem Pole out of the ground and replace it – but if it’s something we can do for Aberdeen and the community, then we are more than happy to help.
Volunteers from the community also helped to restore the pole during the two-week project.
Before being replanted, a traditional blessing ceremony was held for the community by Kenny Grieves who had the inspiration for the project 10 years ago.
It was amazing to see the connections that had been created through the Seaton Totem Pole Project which are still strong today. The Totem Pole has become an iconic landmark for the area and of that community spirit and it is right and proper that the necessary works were taken to restore it.