An American car
1959 Cadillac Cyclone (never produced!)
Leaving my 'giant' sculpture work, the dragon head, let's go to the Badlands of South Dakota.
The actual project began in 1948, but the plans were years before. The Native American leaders wanted the white people to know they had heroes also. This thought grew after the work on Mt. Rushmore was in the works.
Long story, The carving of Crazy Horse. He is the Uglala Lakota Warrior most famous for the Winning of the battle of the Little Bighorn. It was undertaken to depict a hero of the American Indian. When it is ever completed it will be the 2nd largest sculpture in the world.
Korczak Ziolkowski began the actual blasting in 1948, over 70 years ago. He died in ’82 and his wife Ruth took over as CEO along with her 7 children continued the project until this day.
The Indian leaders along with Korczak, refused money from the Federal Government. A fear that again our government would ‘take over’. After all we didn’t have a great track record. Millions of $ yearly have come in as donations. When we visited no one could climb the mt for a close look. Now they charge, and with a guide you can go on up to the face at certain times.
Obviously the work is slow, it has been in the works over 70 years and only Crazy Horse’s head if actually detailed. At least one of the Ziolkowski children has become a certified sculpture. She has even modified some of her dad’s plans.
This is the view I shot in 2004
This is 2019:
This is picture of a picture of a night blast of dynamite.
Talking about a lifetime project!!!!
I read the other day that a travel agent listed Mt. Rushmore as one wasted trip and suggested you do something else on your vacation. I disagree. If you ever go to Rapid city, you should take in Rushmore, Stugis!! (My sons say), Deadwood, Custer National Park, and Crazy Horse.
We have enjoyed it at least 3 or 4 times. The Crazy Horse project may be a two life time or maybe three project. But remember it is not financed by the gov’t. but private donations as a whole.
If you have visited the area, did you think it a waste of time?
PS: The Oxymoron for today: