Mr. Russell had only made the change from painting to sculpture a few years when he was commissioned to do a monument of Mark Twain with twenty-eight figures. To paint one figure two-dimensionally is difficult; but to do two isn’t just twice as hard, it is four times as hard. It increases as of the square. In sculpture, which is three-dimensional, the difficulty increases as of the cube, and it is eight times as difficult. He had never done a monument and to undertake this was a bit of insolence so far as the sculptural world was concerned.
Other great sculptors said: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. No one has ever done a successful group of twenty-eight figures.”
It was another proof of Mr. Russell’s conviction that one could create any product he desired to create if he started doing it with knowledge of the underlying principle of balance which is fundamental in all things, and with the feeling of certainty that he can do tit, for he is not alone in that task; the whole universe is working with him to help him continue the orderly growth of the WHOLE, of which his little part of the structure is as necessary as any big part.