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The History Of The USA's Most Famous Sculpture
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
13 March 2008
This is a 45-minute look at the most famous granite sculpture in the
United States and a famous one world-wide. I imagine television doesn't
do it justice; one has to see this in person to realize it's magnitude.
I'd love to see it some day.
Biographies are given of the two men most responsible for this amazing
achievement: Doane Robinson and Gutzon Borglum.
Robinson had the brainstorm for this great project. His desire was
simply to attract tourists to his beloved South Dakota. But what would
bring people out to middle of nowhere in the Badlands of South Dakota?
A great carving into the face of Mount Rushmore. Who could do it? Well,
probably nobody as much as Borglum. He already had experience, having
worked on the Confederate Memorial Carving, better known as "Stone
Mountain" in Georgia before he put a hat on Robert E. Lee's head and
almost got tar-and-feathered out of the state! In addition, Borglum had
done several amazing sculptures of Lincoln.
Most of the biographical material in this History Channel program was
on Borglum and his son, Lincoln, who never got all the credit he should
have received for his efforts.
You can read all about this achievement, which was never completed and
which may surprise a lot of people, in history books and encyclopedias.
For instance, there was going to be a huge room dug out of the granite
for a "Hall Of Records." It never got finished. Suffice to say this
program gives as much history as it can in the alloted time.
What was new to me was seeing Mount Rushmore BEFORE these huge faces
were put into the granite. I also was amazed to see how daring these
workers were, braving the cold and primitive working elements to carve
these incredible figures.....with no casualties over the
16-year-period! Even more amazing was that many of these workers were
recruited solely because they played baseball, and the organizer wanted
a good ball team for the area!
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