Sculptor Gutzon Borglum and His Famous Presidential Sculptures
Mount Rushmore is one of the most recognizable monuments in the United States. The enormous faces of four of our most influential presidents are carved on the face of a granite mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mount Rushmore attracts more than two million visitors each year. They come to celebrate the achievements of the American presidents, admire the craftsmanship of the giant statue, and learn a bit more about American history.
Just before visitors enter the Avenue of the Flags leading to the viewing area, there is a small statue, a bust really, of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor and mastermind behind Mount Rushmore. Borglum is often overshadowed by his own creation. Let’s look at the life of Gutzon Borglum, the artist behind Mount Rushmore.