Sculpture: Mythmaker in Bronze

No one knows what the man who founded Duluth, Minn., in 1679 looked like. Archives reveal little more than that he was a French voyageur named Daniel Greysolon, bore the title of Sieur Du Luth, served as foot captain in the Royal Guard, and became a friend of the Sioux Indians. To give him more substance, Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, 74, was asked to make a bronze of Du Luth. "Find a younger man," advised the sculptor.

Tortured Totems. They couldn't—at least not to their liking. A year later, the committee returned to Lipchitz. This...

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