Recognizing Mount Rushmore's Forgotten Sculptor
Was Italian sculptor Luigi Del Bianco just another worker on Mount Rushmore, or the man who brought the monument to life? Del Bianco’s name isn’t mentioned in Rex Alan Smith’s 1985 book, The Carving of Mount Rushmore. His name is etched on a stone slab at Mount Rushmore along with the other 400 men who also worked on the monument, but Del Bianco’s grandson, Lou, says his grandfather deserves more recognition as Gutzon Borglum’s chief carver.
New York author Douglas Gladstone agrees and takes up the cause in the new book Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore.