Rande is Kwakwaka’wakw from Alert Bay and has carved many poles in his career. In 2013 Rande Cook completed a large 30 foot pole in The Netherlands.
Wolf Moon Panel
Rande Cook was commissioned to create
a panel as a gift for a client’s wife. After
learning a bit about the client, Rande came up
with a beautiful Wolf and Moon design.
According to Rande, “the wolf is placed
strategically as if he’s howling into the night sky,
singing a song of love. The Moon interacts back
by reflecting the moon within it, like the bond of
a strong couple who have mirrored love for each
other over years and years of life. There is a flow
throughout the whole piece like that of a song in
the night; the air gently brushing off the Wolf as it
shines golden by the moonlight.”
To read more about this commission click here.
Totem Pole Commission 2014
Red cedar and acrylic paint
San Juan Islands
“I wanted to create a work that included all the
elements of where the home was located.
The house was near the ocean, had sea otters
playing outside and was like an oasis. I thought it
was fitting to have Komekwa, the chief of the
undersea world as the main figure and then had
sea otters playing at his feet. Communication and
moving between land and water fit with the
personal lives of the clients and so I added Frog”.
. Quench Water Fountain
Quench Water Fountain
8′ Cold Cast Bronze
In 1999, The City of Duncan won “The Best
Water in Canada” Award. As part of their
Centennial, they commissioned this drinking
fountain in City Square to celebrate their water.
It was described as “a perfect storm” of talent,
experience and ability coming together at the right
place and the right time. This fountain was
unveiled on November 2, 2012. Since it is made of
fibreglass, they were able to create 25 more
fountains for cities, schools, universities, private
collectors or government institutions.
. Museum Volkenkunde Totem Pole Commission
Museum Volkenkunde Commission
Red cedar, 8 m.
Leiden, The Netherlands
This totem pole was part of a major exhibition in the
Netherlands, commissioned by the Museum Volkenkunde
in Leiden as part of a large exhibition dedicated to First
Nations art from the Pacific Northwest.
The artist got his inspiration from his family origin story.
A man sits at the centre of the pole above a killer whale,
which comes from his mother’s side. Below, a thunderbird
with majestically spread wings at the top represents the first
man who built a house after a great flood, according to one
origin story. He prayed to the creator and was answered with