Mount Crushmore

Mount Crushmore by Chris Duke

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Mount Crushmore
Chris Duke
Watercolor, Pen & Ink
25" x 25"

Like so many jobs, this one for ESPN Magazine was a mixed blessing. With rumors of illegal steroid use already circulating in magazines like Sports Illustrated, I felt torn regarding the worship of some sports figures. Planning the Mount Crushmore art, I did not want to give Mark McGwire and Sammy Sousa the same Rushmore esteem as the supreme sluggers Roger Maris and Babe Ruth.

Looking back on these times, I remember Bob Costas’s wise remark that people “didn’t notice a damn thing when guys showed up looking like they were inflated with bicycle pumps.” Well, the art stands but the choice of heroes is not mine.