Raven the Creator, 1984

John Hoover
(American | Aleut, born 1919, died 2011)

Location: Victor Falls Elementary, Bonney Lake


Raven the Creator is a hand carved, multi-element sculpture by Native American artist John Hoover. The original design featured a central Raven figure, which was lost in 1993. The remaining elements comprise images of the stars, sun and moon, and symbolize a traditional creation story in which Raven is bringer of light to the world.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Sumner School District.


Native American artist John Hoover (1919-2011) was born in Cordova, Alaska to a Russian Aleut Mother and a German father. A fisherman and self-taught artist, Hoover created two-dimensional artworks and hand-carved sculptures that depict the relationship between animals, mankind, and the spiritual.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media
MediumWestern red cedar wood
Dimensions6 ft 10 in x 14 ft
ID NumberWSAC1983.161.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencySumner-Bonney Lake School District
Artwork LocationVictor Falls Elementary
Main office
WA CountyPierce
Site TypePublic School
Address11401 188th Ave Ct E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Geo. Coordinates47.153914 | -122.178941
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