Mount Rushmore represents the largest work of art on Earth. Each face is 60 feet high, compared to the head on the Statue of Liberty, which is only 17 feet tall. In 1923, Diane Robinson, the raging superintendent of the South Dakota State Historical Society, had a vision of a massive mountain carved from stone, so large it would put South Dakota on the map.
In August 1924, sculptor Gutzon Borglum, one of America’s most prolific artists, received a letter from Robinson proposing the project. Borglum accepted the proposal. It took him 14 years to carve faces of four U.S. presidents into a wall of exposed granite. The four figures carved in stone on Mount Rushmore represents the first 150 years of American history.
The birth of the USA was guided by the vision and courage of George Washington. Thomas Jefferson always had dreams of something bigger. Preservation of the union was paramount to Abraham Lincoln but a nation where all men were free and equal was destined to be. At the turn of the twentieth century, Theodore Roosevelt saw that in USA was the possibility for greatness. The ideals of these presidents laid a foundation the country as solid as rock from which their figures are carved.
Today millions of visitors come to see Mount Rush-more and gain inspiration from these four great men.
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