i was in the black hills of south dakota and it was a very cold evening at the crazy horse memorial just a few miles away from mt. rushmore. to celebrate the anniversary of the death of crazy horse and the birth of korczak ziolkowski, there was a ceremonial dynamite blast that ran all the way up the sculture. the video below shows the blast, but cannot convey the overall program which was actually quite moving. ziolkowski was the original sculptor of the memorial and he passed away in 1982. the sculpture was started in 1948 and when completed, will be the largest in the world.
no federal funding has been accepted for the memorial, even though the government twice offered $10M to help fund the project. ziolkowski felt that the educational and cultural plans would be diminished with federal involvement. the crazy horse memorial foundation now owns the entire complex. korczak’s wife ruth and their children are still very much dedicated to the memorial.
the face of crazy horse was completed and dedicated in 1998, but the project as a whole has no fixed completion date.