The Hogan Totem is a nine foot tall carved wooden sculpture featuring found objects, layered enamel finishes and embossed metallic plates. The piece plays homage to a prominent fixture of Thomas Long’s childhood home near San Jacinto, California. Opened in 1936, The Hogan was a store specializing in Indian jewelry, rugs, and tourist items. Featuring a totem in front of the store, The Hogan was a focal point in downtown San Jacinto throughout Tom’s childhood.
The sculpture’s head is adorned with shaped coins and horse hair, which also calls back to Tom’s rural childhood. The red plastic automotive reflector eyes are a subtly humorous connection to the artist’s love of classic cars.