Artist Creates Huge Portrait in the Ground of the National Mall

The National Portrait Gallery is unveiling a giant portrait of a young man created in the landscape of the National Mall.
Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada says he created the portrait as a compilation of American faces after photographing 30 young men in Washington. It's entitled  "Out of Many, One.''
The six-acre portrait is made of sand and topsoil and can be viewed from the Washington Monument or from space.
The artist used GPS technology to mark 10,000 points onto an empty field and then linked them with twine to help create precise lines for the portrait made of dirt. Beginning Saturday, visitors will be able to walk along the portrait's features.

The soil and sand eventually will be reused to improve the National Mall's turf.

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