|Korczak's scale model of what will eventually be the mountain!|
|Work completed as of August 2012|
Korczak Ziolkowski lived an amazing life. 36 years of which were dedicated to this sculpture. Korczak was a studio sculptor and his talent was noted when he did a sculpture of Paderewski for the 1939 New York World's Fair. He was asked to assist Borglum on the carving of the Mount Rushmore in 1939 and then spent 2 yrs. on a sculpture of Noah Webster as a gift to the city of West Hartford, Ct. That project was embroiled in controversy, read about it here. In 1934 he volunteered for WWII and ended up on Omaha Beach. After the war he was asked to do war memorials in Europe but decided to dedicate his life to the Crazy Horse Memorial. He arrived in the Black Hills in May of 1947 at the age of 35 and died here in 1982 at the age of 74. He lived at the foot of the mountain and refused any salary. He worked and lived alone, climbing the mountain many times a day working with rudimentary equipment, nothing like they use today! Much to his surprise he met and married a woman named Ruth and they had 10 children. All born at the mountain, Korczak delivering one them! He and Ruth instilled in them a love for the Crazy Horse vision and the children helped on the mountain as they grew up. Following his death 7 of the children decided to continue his work and work solely on the mountain. He is buried in a tomb at the foot of the mountain, on it's door an epitaph he wrote...
KORCZAK Storyteller in Stone
May His Remains Be Left Unknown
here. They also have a webcam that takes several shots each day. Now we don't have to drive that far to see how far they have come!
|Popcorn and Frostwork|
Deadwood is also close, if you like old west history.
Mount Rushmore, a mountain carving of four of our presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, was carved by Gutzon Borglum and took 14 years to complete. Each of the heads is 60 ft. high. (and I have heard that all four of them would fit in Crazy Horse's head for comparison!)
|side view of old George!|
|This is taken from quite a distance. We went thru a tunnel that you can see this view as you are coming thru the tunnel.|
|I love the glasses on Roosevelt's nose!|
|I just thought this was cool looking! Horses on vacation too! They were in a pull off at the Washington side view.|
Thanks for tagging along!