The Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving in South Dakota’s Black Hills is the world’s largest sculpture in progress. It will be 641 feet long and 563 feet high. The above image is how the mountain appeared on Sept. 25, 2006. Work at the time concentrated on blocking out the rough shape of the 220-foot-tall horse’s head. Painted outlines indicate the horse’s right ear and eye. The carved face was dedicated in 1998, the 50th anniversary of the project started by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982).
“My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too.” These are the words Chief Henry Standing Bear wrote to sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1939 urging him to visit the Black Hills and carve a mountain sculpture honoring American Indians.
Fifty-five years after Ziolkowski began carving Crazy Horse Memorial, his family continues the dream and work progresses on the world’s largest mountain sculpture. When finished, Crazy Horse will stand 641 feet long and 563 feet high.
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