On August 19th, 2011, I had the opportunity to document the removal of a totem pole that was located at a building inMarietta, Georgia. When Tom Cousins built 2500 Windy Ridge Parkwayin the Wildwood office park, he commissioned the totem pole to be installed as a token to the Native Americans. Recently, Cousins decided to donate the totem pole to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville,Georgia and so the removal was planned and scheduled.
The totem pole was in the back of the 2500 building and could be viewed from multi-level dining area and outdoor patio. The pole was pretty tall, I suspect 35-40 feet. A couple of trees were downed in order to allow the large machine access to the pole. All in all, it took about four hours, two engineers and three tree lumberjacks to remove the totem pole and rest it on the back of a truck. The totem pole will undergo some restoration before it is placed in the museum. You can view the complete series of events through 53 photographs on this site.