CANADA: Totem & Taboo

When the spirit moves him, Montreal Sculptor Robert Roussil, 24, does not fuss around with preliminary sketches; he snatches up hammer & chisel and attacks the raw material as it stands. Last summer he saw an oddly shaped tree, a tall pine with a forked trunk, and the spirit moved. By the time all the chips had fallen, Roussil had an impressionistic piece sculptured in the totemic form: a father standing in front of a kneeling mother holding a child. He called it Family Group.

Last week Sculptor Roussil hoisted his 12-ft., 700-lb. piece into a truck and drove it...

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