Those who were unaware, take note: Today is National Jerky Day, a time when citizens of this great nation come together to reflect on the importance of dried meat. To mark the occasion, Minong, Wis.-based company Jack Link's Beef Jerky has commissioned a 13-foot replica of Mount Rushmore to be constructed from, you guessed it, jerky.
Laboriously fashioned by art director Alex Valhouli and more than 20 additional flesh sculpturists, "Meat Rushmore" consists of 1,600 pounds of beef, pork, and turkey jerky. The piece, which took 1,400 man-hours to build, will be on display today in Columbus Circle in New York City.
We can only speculate what Teddy Roosevelt or George Washington would have thought about seeing their larger-than-life likenesses rendered in meat, but then again, the original monument is already pretty strange to begin with.
To quote George Carlin, "The Black Hills are sacred Indian ground. Imagine the creepy feeling of four leering European faces staring at your ancestors for eternity."