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Transition 2000: union, collaboration, progression

Transition 2000: union, collaboration, progression


Claude Roussel

Date of creation:



Caisse populaire Moncton-Beauséjour, 305 St. George Street.

Description of artwork:

Transition 2000: union, collaboration, progression is a three-dimensional sculpture made of copper and brass, and mounted on the exterior wall of the Moncton-Beauséjour Caisse Populaire on St. George Street in Moncton. It was created to celebrate the transition to the new millennium.


The concept of Transition 2000 combines family, seen as the cornerstone of life, and economy. Four bronze plates show the silhouettes of a man, girl, boy and woman. The positive images are mounted above the cut-outs. The second part of the sculpture represents sail-shaped cut-outs on copper piping shaped like the wind. At the head of the sculpture is the five-pointed star of Acadie. The shapes symbolize the strength of the family, confidence in the present and optimism for the future at the turn of the millennium. To represent the importance of technology in modern life, the artist used the @ symbol in the centre of the balloons held by the children in the sculpture. (Source: Moncton Times & Transcript, January, 2000)

A Word on Artist Claude Roussel

Born in 1930 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, internationally renowned artist Claude Roussel was introduced to sculpture by Paul Carmel Laporte, the pioneer of visual arts in Madawaska. He went on to study at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal from 1950 to 1956. In Edmundston, he was the first artist to offer art courses in the province’s Francophone public schools.

A Canada Council for the Arts grant in 1961 enabled Claude Roussel to go to Europe to study, travel and produce artwork for a year. In 1963, a second Canada Council for the Arts grant gave him the opportunity to be the artist in residence at the Université de Moncton. There he was a pioneer in visual art courses and established an art gallery in 1965. As a committed educator and prolific artist, he has 46 solo shows and 119 group exhibitions to his credit, and has produced over 30 works of monumental sculpture. Throughout his career, he has received numerous prizes and distinctions including the Order of Canada in 1984 and the Order of New Brunswick in 2002, and was named on several boards of directors of art associations.

Claude Roussel retired from teaching in February 1992 and now is devoted to sculpture and painting in his studio in Cap-Pelé.

A true leader in his field, he has created about twenty indoor and outdoor public art works in Moncton, more than any other artist. Mr. Roussel has played a key role in establishing contemporary art in Moncton.

Transition 2000 : union, collaboration, progression


Transition 2000 : union, collaboration, progression