3) Crazy Horse Memorial – Black Hills South Dakota
It’s the world’s largest mountain sculpture currently in progress. It’s original sculptor initially went to the Black Hills to assist Gutzon Borglum in the creation of Mount Rushmore. Korczak Ziolkowski, a renowned sculptor from New England, won first prize at the 1939 New York World’s Fair for his Carrara marble portrait entitled “PADEREWSKI, Study of an Immortal.” Upon reading the news, Henry Standing Bear, an Oglala Lakota Chief, asked him to create a mountain carving to pay tribute to the North American Indians. In June of 1948, the first blasting began for sculpting a monumental bust of Crazy Horse. The project continues to this day, overseen by his decedents. It receives one-million visitors per year, although, The Crazy Horse Memorial may be little known to many. Funding for the ongoing work comes from Admission fees and donations.
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