Not everything goes according to the plan and so was this. The commission did not allow his designs because of the restricted funding they received. Did not have enough funds to let his first design come into existence.
in the beginning he wanted to carve these presidents from their head to waist but due to funding this idea was dropped. And we all know how it turned out.
But Borglum was not from people who give up. He had a secret which he did not revealed till date. he knew that he had great ideas, but because of the funding he wasn’t letting his ideas go in vain. He decided to manage things on his own.