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1,600-Pound ‘Meat Rushmore’ Comes To Columbus Circle For National Jerky Day

Frank Erdmann tries to win a year's supply of Jack Link's Jerky by taking a 'selfie' in front of Meat Rushmore on June 12, 2014 in Columbus Circle.  (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Jack Link's/AP Images)

Frank Erdmann tries to win a year’s supply of Jack Link’s Jerky by taking a ‘selfie’ in front of Meat Rushmore on June 12, 2014 in Columbus Circle. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Jack Link’s/AP Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s National Jerky Day!

Snack lovers are celebrating in Columbus Circle, where art director Alex Valhouli and Jack Link’s beef jerky company created “Meat Rushmore” — a 1,600-pound replica of Mount Rushmore covered in three different varieties of jerky.

“We put about 1,400 working hours into the project over the course of three weeks,” Valhouli told 1010 WINS.

The meaty monument is 13-feet tall and 17-feet wide.

“We hand carved it out of a foam substrate to give it the dimension we needed,” Valhouli said. “It’s absolutely epic. We’re very happy with the result.”

“Meat Rushmore” will be on display until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Visitors can also meet Jack Link’s brand icon Sasquatch, enjoy free jerky samples and enter to win a year’s supply of the meaty snack. For more information, click here.

“Meat Rushmore is our most monumental undertaking yet and a fitting tribute to the all-American love of jerky as the ‘ultimeat’ snack,’” said Kevin Papacek, director of marketing at Jack Link’s.

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