Crazy Horse Memorial
Located near Custer, South Dakota, Crazy Horse Memorial will be the world's largest sculpture, carved out of Thunderhead Mountain. When complete, the sculpture will be 641 feet wide and 563 feet high. By comparison, the heads of Mount Rushmore are 60 feet high.
“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. Ziolkowski started on the sculpture in 1948 and today his family carries on the dream as work progresses on the world’s largest mountain sculpture.
The Memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native
American Cultural Center which was dedicated at the 1996 Native American
Day celebration, the sculptor’s studio, as well as a new
40,000-square-foot Orientation Center and theaters opened in May 2000.
Many Native American artists and crafts people create their artwork and
visit with guests at the Memorial during the summer season.
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