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Denver, Colorado: Modern Totem Pole of Animal Heads

Named "La Veleta" ("the weather vane"), it's a 40-foot-tall stack of animal-headed blocks. Built of tile, unveiled in Dec. 2019, it's supposed to last 300 years.

499 CO-88, Denver, CO
At the intersection of W. 6th Ave. and Federal Blvd in Barnum Park.
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Tiled animal head totem pole.

La Veleta (Weathervane)

This 36-feet (11 m) tall totem pole was recently installed near a busy intersection in Denver. It features seven animals in mosaic: buffalo (bison), snake, mountain lion, fox, ram, owl, and the bear. It is illuminated at night.

[Sandra Gill, 01/14/2020]

La Veleta.

La Veleta

It's called, "La Veleta," which means, "the weather vane" in Spanish. The structure, created by artist Jaime Molina, is nearly 40 feet tall, and is a mosaic totem pole featuring seven animal heads built with tile. Each animal is native to Colorado. The animals include a buffalo, snake, mountain lion, fox, ram, owl, and bear.

[John Todesco, 01/13/2020]

According to a story in the Denver Post that accompanied the unveiling of La Veleta in December 2019, the tiled totem "is built to last 300 years."

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