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Cheesy Mount Rushmore in West Palm Beach for Fourth of July

If you can't get to South Dakota to watch the fireworks over Mount Rushmore tomorrow, we've got a cheesier (and closer) alternative for you.

Come to West Palm Beach City Hall to watch famed cheese sculptor Troy Landwher turn a 640-pound block of mild Wisconsin cheddar into Mount Rushmore.

The city has commissioned Landwher to cut carve the cheese in the likeness of our greatest presidents as part of its Independence Day celebrations. Landwher will start the project today, and it's scheduled to take him all day and into tomorrow.


When complete, the giant cheese sculpture, titled, "My Country 'Tis of Cheese" (no, we didn't make that up) will be wheeled to the Lake Pavilion on Flagler so the presidents won't miss the fireworks show (and so you can get a photo op with the cheese).

The public is invited to watch Landwher carve at City Hall today and to visit the sculpture tomorrow, where there will also be interactive cheese games, a Harley display by the Enforcers MC club, and a "say cheese" photo op.

In the

past, Landwher has been commissioned by several fairs and corporations

to make cheese sculptures. Some of his creations include the Pope, the

Statue of Liberty, a recreation of the signing of the Declaration of

Independence, and some kissing fish.

After the festivities, the

cheese sculpture will be donated to the Lord's Place, a local homeless shelter, where it

will be turned from art back into food.

Watch Troy carve the Statue of Liberty out of 1,200 pounds of cheese in this time-lapse video:




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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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