Crazy Horse Emerges from his Mountain
Begun in 1948, the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is slowly taking form. A monument to Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota Indian warrior leader who defeated General Custer at Little Big Horn, it is being carved from Thunderhead Mountain, roughly 17 miles from Mt. Rushmore. When completed, it will measure 641 feet wide and 563 feet high. The head of Crazy Horse is 87 feet high, compared to the heads of the Presidents at Mt. Rushmore, which are 60 feet. If completed, it would be the world's largest sculpture. It was begun by Korczak Ziolkowski, who died in 1982. The face was completed in 1998, and work is continuing on it now through a private foundation. 7 of Ziolkowski's 10 children work on it now. If you look closely at the lower front part of the sculpture you can see the outline of the horse's head and ear in white lines.
In addition to the monument, the complex also has the Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center.
(Does anyone know why pictures are dated in Explore the day before they're posted?)