Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy 144th Birthday, Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941)!

Gawain's first cousin twice-removed

Gutzon is the nephew of our Maren Borglum Hegsted; the son of Danish pioneers who left the Church after coming to America.  He is famous for sculpting Mount Rushmore, and you can read more about his life here.  

We visited Mount Rushmore a couple years ago and were duly impressed (although fair warning, there is not a lake behind as shown in National Treasure).  It is a ten hour drive east from our home in Utah, with a half-way stop at Martin's Cove to remember the handcart pioneers.  If you go between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there is a neat sound and light ceremony honoring American veterans in the evening.

I would give Gutzon a Mt. Rushmore t-shirt to enjoy the impact his creation has had on our American landscape, both geographically and culturally.

1 comment:

  1. I'd give him a copy of National Treasure II. It would probably give him a good laugh.