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 Gutzon Borglum  (1867 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: New York/South Dakota/California/Kansas/Idaho/Illi      Known for: historical figure portrait sculpture, monumental public art

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BIOGRAPHY for Gutzon Borglum
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Birth
1867 (Bear Lake, Idaho)
 
Death
1941 (Chicago, Illinois)

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New York/South Dakota/California/Kansas/Idaho/Illi


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historical figure portrait sculpture, monumental public art

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Born in Bear Lake, Idaho in a log house, Gutzon Borglum is best known as the large-scale portrait sculptor of the heads of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  This project on which he worked, 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. The last day of work on the presidential (showing 500 of 9879 characters).



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