Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rushmore Mountain, South Dakota

Rushmore Mountain, South Dakota

Exhibited near Rapid City, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is a magnificent monument sculpted from a granite mountain. The massive memorial is a group portrait featuring presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

It took artist Gutzon Borglum 14 years to complete the government commission. Concealed in a sacred wilderness of rock and pine called the Black Hills, the work looks unfinished but rough hewn edges give it a certain sketchiness that blends into the natural environment.

Upon entering the busy complex, a grand boulevard leads to an amphitheater where the sculpture can be closely contemplated. Rushmore definitely exudes patriotism and as an attraction luring tourists to the remote High Plains, the astonishing work of art is certainly a success.

8 comments:

  1. Definitely on my #bucketlist of places to go! Great post!

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    1. I've been there a few times and it's really an interesting place. I hope you're able to get there someday.

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  2. One of the places I HAVE to go to.
    Melanie Schulz from
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    1. If you ever have a chance to get there, I recommend it. It's a remarkable monument.

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  3. Been there three times!! South Dakota has a number of treasures

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    1. Yep, I think my favorite places in South Dakota are the Badlands and the Black Hills.

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  4. Years ago, after my elderly father-in-law died of natural causes I often took my beloved mother-in-law to visit his grave site.tombstone memorial

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