Mount Rushmore in South Dakota | 1973 & 2013
Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel journal on June 13th, 1998: "First view of ‘The Faces’ and we are right there — under the new gigantic cement block of a new garage, power station and what not — we just passed by it, it is a shattering disappointment to what it was before! It has become a monstrosity!"
September 30th, 2013 found me visiting Mount Rushmore for the first time and seeing first-hand what my grandmother had described when she wrote in her journal that day.
I showed my grandfather’s photo to an older couple working in the gift shop, a job they had held for decades, and was told that the vantage point from which he had stood was no longer there. His photograph was taken from within the building that was once home to a cafeteria for visitors, but I now replicated his shot from inside the “monstrosity” that my grandmother so aptly described.