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Montreal artist Gilles Mihalcean’s sculptures made from found objects have been popular in Quebec since the 1970s. In the museum’s collection, his piece “Portrait of my Father” is a sculpture column made from found wooden furniture, like bed knobs and chair legs, which are assembled then further carved into shape.

Claude Cormier’s colorful “Heads of Christ” is a dream collage for kids of all ages. Using old stuffed animals, the artist has created a massive plush carpet that spans an entire room. Faces of stuffed bears, bunnies, walruses, frogs and the like peak out in every direction, grouped by color to form a patchy quilt. The piece delights the child within, while also evoking the idea of animal skin rugs without the cruelty.

Stephan Balkenhol used traditional wood carving made popular during the Middle Ages to create his sculptures of men and women. Using large tree trunks of poplar and Douglas fir, he carves away wood and bark to form life like busts. His male and female heads at this museum are realistic, but also show the viewer that they are comprised of wood.

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