Giant ‘Face-Scape’ Portrait Opens on Washington’s National Mall

Tom Ramstack, Reuters, October 2, 2014

A composite landscape portrait of American men, so big it is best seen from a low-flying airplane, went on display on Washington’s National Mall on Wednesday.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery opened its “face-scape” of a six-acre (2.3-hectare) photograph-like image of a young man’s face between the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial, two of the U.S. capital’s biggest tourist draws.


“It’s not the face of America. It’s the face of one of the hundreds of millions of faces that America has,” artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada said of the portrait, which appears to be gazing into space.

Rodriguez-Gerada, who said he was trying to push the boundaries of portraiture, used global positioning satellites and the software program Photoshop to craft the image out of 2,300 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil.

He calls the image “Out of Many, One,” which is the English translation of the Latin motto “E Pluribus Unum” found on the Seal of the United States.


To design the image, he took photographs of 30 men between 18 and 25 years of age in Washington. He then selected portions of each face and combined them into one composite image that he converted to a drawing.


He drew his inspiration from his upbringing in New Jersey, where his boyhood friends came from various ethnic and national backgrounds. The $500,000 project was funded through private donations.

{snip} Visitors can view the portrait on the ground until it is removed at the end of October.


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  • MekongDelta69

    “‘It’s not the face of America.’ artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada said of the portrait.”

    You’ve got that RIGHT, Georgie boy.

    • SoulInvictus

      It looks like flood damage from the river.
      (or the first thing you see when your door is cracked open by a crowbar)
      Who knew the Rio Grande reached that far.

      Seriously though, this is the decor of Commies…
      Ever see a democracy or republic put up giant self aggrandizing selfies? statues maybe, but not giant faces. Supposedly it’s a composite, but before reading the article it sure seemed like an Obama portrait at first glance.
      Purely unintentional I’m sure.

      • me

        I could eat a bad burrito and crap out better ‘art’ than that….

  • anony

    Why October? It should have been saved for black history month based on what it looks like.

    • TruthBeTold

      Sept 15 to Oct 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

      • anony

        Right, so when is Euro-American month?

        The face still looks black.

        • Every month is Euro-American history month because without Euros, blacks and hispanics wouldn’t know what history was.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            “Every month” is Euro-American history month, but shut down in February and concentrate only on white history. It’s a nice antidote to the foolishness of the “accomplishments” of black women who separate books in warehouses and put them in various boxes.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          White History Month is February.

          Queen Elizabeth I, The Roman Empire, the origins of Athenian Democracy, the Reformation, the Renaissance, Americas Colonial and Founding era, the Lewis and Clark Expeditions are just a few topics under consideration come next February for White History Month. And don’t forget Ronald Reagans birthday for February 6, and St. Valentines Day on February 14.

        • propagandaoftruth


          Gimme a snapper and I’ll do a facescrape.

  • TruthBeTold

    Another flag planted by an invading force.

    • SentryattheGate

      The Cuban-born “artist” of course chose a face that looks like HIS tribe. It’s more crowing; “Hispanics are the new face of America”! Ted Kennedy, after his 1965 Immigration Act was passed, opening up the US to Third World immigration, promised it “would not change the face of America”. How much did it cost us to have this shoved in our faces????

  • John

    All of you with really, really large dogs and/or a lot of dogs should make a concerted effort to visit this eyesore and contribute to its fertilization.

    • Why bother? It already looks like a sewer backed up on the site.

      • JSS

        When I first saw the picture I thought Godzilla must have relived himself on the lawn.

  • Mary

    Whatever else this monstrosity may be, it is certainly the composite of White liberals’ and minorities’ dreams. “The New Face of America” that they’ve been pushing for decades now.
    After all, Whites are so passé in our modern, downwardly-mobile nation.

    • phillyguy

      don’t worry Mary tonight they are forecasting heavy thunderstorms to last until Saturday afternoon , hopefully it will wash away all that cheap Mexican paint.

  • What, no women?

  • Sue

    Imagine the aliens laughing at us!

    • WR_the_realist

      Dear Grays,
      Please replace that horror on the National Mall with one of those nice Mandelbrot crop circles.

      • OS-Q

        Can never have enough Mandelbrot.

      • anony

        Large Grays or small grays?

  • IstvanIN


  • 48224

    Looks like Trayvon Martin to me. Justice for Trayvon???

    • Ron Cheaters

      I though Mike Brown when I saw it — because of the fat nose, soulless eyes, and appears like afro. But if its hispanic… hmm I can’t say which would be more disgraceful.

  • Jaggers

    A “composite” of many different ethnicities. In other words, race mixing propaganda.

    • Ron Cheaters

      Anything but white.

  • The message from the Mexican artist and the federal government is “Blacks you get in the back of the bus with whites.” We have a new North America, one that looks just like thurd world South America.

    I now have another reason to cheat on my taxes. You don’t put up s**t like this with my money and expect me to roll over and smile over it.

  • “Out of Many, One” – Yeah, right! If it’s anything the ‘Many” have given us, it’s definitely NOT oneness or unity!

    • Sick of it

      They’ve given us many crimes and many diseases.

  • SolStans

    Hey, wasn’t that face part of Time magazine’s miscegenation push last year? We’re all supposed to be freckled quadroons by 2050, according to our betters.

    • bilderbuster

      God willing, I’ll still be a “Blue Eyed Devil” but living in a White Supremacist nation by 2050.

  • dd121

    That grass was green until dogs urinated on it, turning it brown.

  • QueFah

    This would be great for Air Force target practice.

    • Almost right: the Lincoln Memorial, with a few JDAMs.

      • QueFah

        Lincoln certainly didn’t do us any favors … Should’ve followed up on that whole black colony thing … All talk and no action.

        • Alexandra1973

          Thank John Wilkes Booth for that.

          • Ringo Lennon

            If your gonna shoot somebody at least do it face to face not in back of head.

          • 1G25

            Is that how you usually do it ?

          • bilderbuster

            Or not wait until after the war was over to do it.

          • Ringo Lennon

            Haha, Johnny Reb.

        • Ringo Lennon

          Only man in the North that could have defeated the Confederacy. Led nation in preserving Union. No action?

          • QueFah

            Like that’s a good thing ? Anyway, all talk on deporting the Negro to Africa and Central America. As you may have noticed, the Negro is inundating our country with crime, blight, etc. Had Lincoln followed through on eliminating this problem, it would be a much more pleasant place.

          • Ringo Lennon

            The fact that he didn’t live to see his hard fought victory bothers me.

          • 1G25

            Led nation in inaugurating an all-powerful central government.

            Fixed it for you.

        • bilderbuster

          It would have been much cheaper and without the bloodshed just to have purchased the Blacks from their owners and returned them to Africa.

      • Ringo Lennon

        Or Confederate White House in Richmond.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    No, it’s not the face of America. It’s the face of Africa, and Ecuador, and Brazil, and India, and Bolivia. Why do we need more of it here? It seems such faces already occupy enough of the world’s surface as it is.

  • OS-Q

    It must look very plain and ugly on the ground to the tourists.

    • IstvanIN

      Like they haven’t kept up the lawn.

  • IKUredux

    Well, it is impossible to shape the face of an American, out of the dirt. Actually, it is impossible. In fact, it is impossible to construct the faces of any European using dark brown dirt. The only appropriate medium, would be the White Cliffs of Dover. We Whites are rare, we are beautiful. The rest of the world’s people, are nothing more than the same color as the dirt in a backyard. And as common.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    I couldn’t think of a worse way to waste $500,000.

    • kikz2

      wasn’t it a government grant. wouldn’t suprise me….


      I can think of a worse way to waste $500,000. You can give it to an African American majority school district with the expressed expectation of seeing those stubborn black/White racial achievement gaps close.

  • superlloyd

    ‘it’s not the face of America.” It looks like the non american, mulatto HNIC Obola. It should be used as a public crapper for dog poop.

  • freethought1950

    Great place to walk your dogs.

  • Ian Thomas

    Someone should go in there with a crew at night and paint the man’s face white. That would be hilarious.

  • anon ymous

    Private donations from government funded NGOs?

  • Saggin Gin

    Shown exactly like it should….a dirty n****r.

  • Ringo Lennon

    So is the Lincoln memorial a revered place. Why bomb it?

    • 1G25

      Maybe because somebody is miffed at his trashing the 10th Amendment and invading the sovereign Confederacy, killing 300,000 Southern white males… things like that ?

      • Ringo Lennon

        If I read right, Confederates shot at an American fort, declaring war.

        • 1G25

          You read wrong. ALL US facilities were surrendered to the various state governments upon secession, without trouble or resistance. Apparently, someone still believed in the 10th Amendment, even if Lincoln didn’t.

          EXCEPT the last one, when Lincoln listened to murmurs of discontent from some of his financial supporters. Ft Sumter was ordered by Lincoln to hold out, in violation of convention which dictated the surrender of the aforementioned facilities.

          A political move which started the shooting war.

      • Ringo Lennon

        Thank God he trashed the 10th ammendment. Otherwise Commies wouldn’t have nothing complain about.

        • 1G25

          Double negative much ?

      • Ringo Lennon

        I got my eye on you.

  • Max

    Should be a frontal and a profile shot with a number at the bottom so it looks like the rest of them.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    Looks like good place to take public dump.

  • Ringo Lennon

    I can see the Conferate point of view. They were being unfairly taxed, hence the secession. I didn’t realize that. I think both sides should be equally honored. Heroes on both sides.