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.
Totem Pole Commission 2014
Komekwa Pole, 2014, Red cedar and acrylic paint
San Juan Islands
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.”
Quench Water Fountain
2012, 8′ Cold Cast Bronze
“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”.
Museum Volkenkunde Commission
2012, Red cedar, 8 m.
Leiden, The Netherlands
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.
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 a thunderbird.