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Willie Cole (b. 1955, Somerville, New Jersey, United States) lives and works in Mine Hill, New Jersey, United States. Totem is an anthropomorphic bronze sculpture cast from high heel shoes that become faces on each of its sides. Cole’s composite high heel sculptures are feats of perceptual engineering that comment on female power, cultural stereotypes, and consumerism.
Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Doug Oliver, Mario J. Palumbo, Jr., Susan Scherr, Susan Viniar, and Anonymous.