Intrepid reporter Tom Lawrence not only gets a photo of the aesthetically vapid and civically blasphemous rendition of Mount Rushmore that Kristi Noem gave to her reality-TV idol last summer, but he also tracks down Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby, the Aberdeen-area prostitutes who forged this bronze embarrassment.
No, really—prostitutes. That’s their word:
Employing what’s known as “lost wax” casting, an ancient process that uses a clay model, hot wax and molten bronze, the duo grafted a bust of Trump in a suit and tie onto the mini-Rushmore.
Three copies were created, Leuning and Treeby revealed recently, with one going to Trump, and the other two to the unidentified donors—the names of whom are unknown even to them.
The pieces are “bookshelf-sized,” Leuning told the Daily Beast—27 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 8-1/2 inches deep.
The partners, who work out of Bad River Artworks in Aberdeen, said they were asked to remain quiet about the project, and this is the first time their names have been disclosed.
…“We’re working artists,” Leuning said. “We’re prostitutes for art. We do art for money” [Tom Lawrence, “The Story Behind Gov. Kristi Noem’s Weird Gift to Donald Trump,” The Daily Beast, 2021.09.05].
Prostitute—of course, because who else would work for Noem or the object of her bronze affection?