Artist Gary Slater created Totem #1 in a similar style and technique as the Sky Disc I and Sky Disc II which are both located opposite of Totem #1. As the sun moves overhead, light reflects and shines through colored glass elements and textured cooper.
The artist shares these words about his work. "The combination of rough, hand textured copper and the glass lighting up with the sunlight is how I see the great southwest. I love to communicate with people through my sculpture."