Cubism at Mount Rushmore

August 18, 2000. Cross-country tour. A few miles south of Rapid City stands Mount Rushmore. I had wondered what inspired the carving of these huge neo-classical faces into a mountain. Answer: the mountain has faces on it already, most of them more interesting to my eye than the four presidents. Looked at as a line-up of ten faces, the piece takes on an evolution closer to Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.