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The Largest Mountain-Sized Statue in the World (8 pics)

Posted in Arts » Beautiful   13 Sep 2011   / 14640 views

Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest sculpture of an Indian man carved in the granite mountain. The works began in 1948 and still continue.


The idea to build such a big sculpture (its dimentions are 563 by 641 feet) belonged to Korczak Ziolkowski. He spent 36 years of his life blasting away over 7 million tons of granite in South Dakota and died in 1982 leaving a blurred hint of a horse and rider. But the work still continues on this mountain-sized statue that is taller than a 60-story building.

The Crazy Horse’s face was dedicated from the granite in 1998. It is 88 feet high.

Today the work is focused on the horse’s head that is 219 feet high. A group of enthusiasts carries the Crazy Horse dream forward. Over million visitors come to watch this dream being implemented into life each year.

Crazy Horse was the Oglala Lacota leader in the USA. He fought against the Federal government to protect the way of life of the Lakota people. He was wounded and died in 1877, but he has become one of the most notable and iconic of Native American tribal members in the American history.

Comments (4):

khendar 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah what better way to commemorate a man who didn't like being photographed than to carve his visage into one of his people's sacred mountains ?
Enter your name 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
yea, really...its almost like he's being trolled after he's long gone....problem, Crazy Horse?
gigantes 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
that may be true, but times have changed. i think such a work is perfectly appropriate for today's day and age, sends a positive message, and is a worthy project & piece of art.

then again, if the modern lakota as a group objected to this work, i would respect their wishes.
wiki it 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
commissioned by Native Americans in order to contrast the rape of the black mountains via Mt. Rusmore.

I was there and went to the museum and the tour.