Skedans is Tony DeLap’s site-specific commission for Inglewood’s Civic Center. Funded from the National Endowment for the Arts Art-in-Architecture Program in 1972, it was an early precursor to contemporary public art efforts.
Skedans refers to a Canadian Indian village in the Queen Charlotte Islands of the North Coast of British Columbia which was a tribal government site. DeLap frequented the area and was inspired by ancient trees and totems rising from the shallow waters. He brought the form and inspiration to Inglewood’s government center.
DeLap worked with the Civic Center complex architects Charles Luckman and Associates to design a centerpiece monument for Inglewood City Hall. Skedans is a 50’ tall upright column, standing on a 10’ tall and 20’ wide octagonal base that housed an early flow fountain.