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Mount Rushmore National Memorial | by Rocco Buttliere
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Landmark | Landscape: 10-year Commemorative Model


When I started to think of a model that could commemorate my ten-year milestone, I knew I had to find a subject both truly representative of my works’ titular ideas and, ideally, a place to which I have a meaningful and emotional connection. Having visited Mount Rushmore numerous times growing up, I thought immediately of the history of the monument. There’s certainly the American history it represents. Then there’s my history of experiencing this monument; South Dakota road trips; pot roast in the Carver’s Café; family pictures on the Grand View Terrace; walks up and down the Presidential Trail; staying for the evening show at the amphitheater. I take comfort and inspiration in knowing that ten years on – and half a million pieces later – sometimes it takes a few looks backward to take one huge leap forward!


Dedicated to my parents & my brothers: our adventures together are the bedrock of my inspiration.


PC: Christopher Eyerly


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Taken on February 24, 2019