US sculptor, whose most famous work is the group of colossal heads of four US presidents on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.
Born in Idaho, Utah, Borglum studied sculpture in Paris, where he became an admirer of Auguste Rodin. Borglum's most characteristic works depicted animals or themes of the American West, such as Red Indians on horseback, to which he gave a striking sense of movement. The group of heads of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, which were carved into the rock of Mount Rushmore between 1927 and 1941, is one of the best known sculptures in the USA. It cost the US government over a million dollars and was one of many public commissions undertaken by Borglum.