Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-08-02 08:40:24 | Kennebec, South Dakota, United States Keywords:monument, sculpture
After leaving Denver early in the morning and a brief breakfast stop in Cheyenne (Wyoming), we reached the Crazy Horse memorial. It is located just 25 km away from mount Rushmore and is a reply to the statement made the construction of four Presidents' face, by declaring that 'red people have heroes too'.
The sculpting of Crazy Horse giant monument has begun in 1948 and is far from being completed. It is estimated it might take another hundred years to complete. The final artwork would be the largest sculpture in the world, measuring 641 feet (195 m) wide by 563 feet (172 m) high.
In addition to the sculpture, the site is also home of a museum and a cultural center for the native people. They also train and house native people working on the sculpture, in addition to having a local satellite campus of the University of South Dakota, targeting native students.
Crazy Horse was a great native chief who defended the rights of the Sioux and Lakota people in front of a government who didn't respect the treaties he signed..
The project is totally privately funded, through visitors' access fees, proceeds from the gift shop and donations.
The project is controversial amongst the native people of the area, not only because it's being done on sacred grounds but also because the lack of consultation of Crazy Horse's family and the pose of the statue with his finger pointing out. The use of the funds gathered is also questioned.
I think it's a wonderful project and I regret I won't be able to see it completed.