In news that is sure to rock the world of Australian granite sculpting, Lewisham sculptor/casual methamphetamine producer Michael Newman is set to unveil what he describes as a “long-overdue sequel” to the Mount Rushmore rock carving.
The sculpture, entitled Mount Rushmore 2.0, was carved into a chunk of granite Mr Newman acquired through a game of poker, and will displayed in his backyard.
“I saw a gap in the market for presidential rock carvings in Lewisham,” says Mr Newman.
The original sculpture, carved into the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, depicts US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, and is a source of national pride in the United States.
Newman hopes his new carvings will have a similar effect, with a view to lure US tourists and into his Lewisham backyard where the new monument is set up.
Newman’s carving is said to depict presidents Richard Nixon and George W Bush playing volleyball with fictional character Arthur Fonzarelli from Happy Days. Critics have labelled the carving philosophically inaccurate, yet anatomically correct.
“I regret not putting any pants on Nixon,” says Mr Newman.