German firm gives US presidents a good clean

6th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 July 2005, WASHINGTON - The four U.S. presidents carved into granite at Mount Rushmore are getting a facelift.

6 July 2005

WASHINGTON - The four U.S. presidents carved into granite at Mount Rushmore are getting a facelift.

A German company, Kaercher GmbH, was aiming its high-pressure cleaners at the famous U.S. monument starting Tuesday to remove moss, fungus and dirt in a six-week operation, company spokesman Frank Schad said.

Plans call for cleaning experts to work their way down the rock face suspended from cables, from the presidents' manes to their chins.

"We're using only water to clean the faces," Schad told Deutsche Presse-Agentur from the foot of the monument. "But it will be heated to high temperatures, to kill spores and seeds."

The massive portraits of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were carved out of the Black Hills in South Dakota state between 1927 and 1941. Their faces are about 18 metres high.

The cleanup will cost more than EUR 100,000 and Kaercher will pay for most of it, Schad said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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