Biography of artist:
Born in Bear Lake, Idaho in a log house, Gutzon Borglum is best known as the large-scale portrait sculptor of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The sculpture, which depicts the heads of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, is massive. For example, the nose of President Washington is 20 feet long, and the overall height of the figures is about 60 feet. The Mount Rushmore Project on which he worked from 1927 to 1941, cost the United States Government $989,000.00 and was called "sculpture with dynamite" (Samuels 58) because he blasted stone within inches of the final carving. In 1902, Borglum opened a studio in New York City, and one of his first completed projects was his white stone bust of Abraham Lincoln that was placed in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. He was one of the founders of the American Association of Painters and Sculptors that organized the 1913 Armory Show.
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