In preparation for celebrating President’s Day we found out a little something that makes those at the Sun Valley, Idaho location swell with pride: the sculptor of the monumental Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, was born in Idaho! The Danish-American came from a Mormon-Danish family living in the small town of St. Charles located in the South-East corner of Idaho. His father moved the family to Nebraska where Borglum finished his prep schooling. He went on to study at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he met Auguste Rodin, best known for his sculpture of The Thinker.
Borglum was, needless to say, impressed. Rodin most likely helped to influence Borglum’s love of gigantic scale and themes of heroic nationalism, so when South Dakota historian Doane Robinson approached him about the infamous project, Borglum accepted wholeheartedly. “I want to create a monument so inspiring that people from all over America will be drawn to come and look and go home better citizens,” said Borglum, in 1927. We think he was more than successful in achieving his goal. While Borglum died before he could see his dream complete, his son, a sculptor in his own rights, beautifully finished what his father set out to do.
Read more about Gutzon Borglum here. If you’re interested in learning more about Mt. Rushmore, check this out. As always, we hope you had a great three-day weekend! Hop on to our site to save a bit for presday.