Blasting at Crazy Horse Monument
The Crazy Horse monument is the largest
sculpture in the world. It's being carved out of a solid granite
mountainside using dynamite, jackhammers, drills & bulldozers,
all without government funding. I was lucky enough to be able
to get up onto Crazy Horse's arm and stand beside his giant head.
It'll be many, many years before this monument to all native
people is completed.
To put its sheer size into perspective,
the giant faces of Mount Rushmore could all fit in the space
taken up by Crazy Horse's head!
It is being built "To show the
white man that the red man has great heroes also"
The blasts they did the day I was there
took about 1200 tonnes of rock off the mountainside, yet it looked
like only a scratch.
You can get an idea of the size of this
project by looking at the cars & construction buildings beside
the head. The miniature sculpture in the foreground shows what
it'll look like when the project is finally complete.