TOTEM is a permanent
interactive robotic installation located at the Perth Arena in
Western Australia. It is an
interactive spatial robot with 108 reconfigurable petals.
At 11-metres tall with 108 reconfigurable petals, Totem is one of
the world’s largest and most complex interactive artworks.
The work responds to pedestrian movements and is sensitive
to environmental conditions. The
kinetic responses of Totem vary depending on
pedestrian activity-levels, as sensed via its six
microwave motion detectors. The work can assume regular,
symmetric configurations as well as entering chaotic
The work incorporates a laser projection artwork titled Translight
that creates nightly a variable “geometric narrative”
light composition on the Eastern wall of the Arena. Totem was
installed in November 2012 on
its location on the pedestrian plaza adjacent to the Perth
Arena entertainment stadium. Totem
has been nicknamed "The Pineapple" by the people of Perth.
Other works by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman