|Rockwood Academy front facade|
Josef, who had spent seven years in a seminary before leaving Europe with the rest of his family to come to Canada, was 29 when he bought the Academy property, seeking a home and studio. He devoted the following two decades not just to his sculpture but also increasingly to the building. The Academy was more than a labour of love; it became an obsession that sometimes seemed to interfere with his art. Or perhaps it is truer to say, as he did, that the Academy was his greatest and most demanding work.