The Sculpture "Island Totem" is an imperfect impression of a Coconut Grove neighbor in transition. Those who know and live in this historic part of greater Miami, know of the deep disparities that exist in this area. It was not my intent to portray this aspect in this sculpture from the outset. I wanted to commemorate the area that my parents and other relatives settled in after relocating to Florida from S.Carolina in the early 1950s , Circumstances helped mold this piece with all of its failings into a fair representation of the surrounding neighbor hood more than the slick computer generated art that was commissioned. It's Imperfection embodies the heart that strives for change in this West Grove neighborhood.