Mountain Sculpting

An amazing set of photographs documenting the construction of the >>Crazy Horse Memorial<< - apparently the world's largest sculpture - located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They capture the explosions used to sculpt the mountain into giant human form. Sometimes, the rock seems to turn to clouds of smoke or puffs of fire - animating the mountain with anthropomorphic human expression. Demolition is always underrated as a creative act.


Via the ever-fascinating >>things<<

Posted by sam at February 2, 2007 10:04 PM


I'd heard about this project but never saw photos of it being constructed, or destructed. Thanks for a great gallery of pix.

Posted by:
travelina on February 5, 2007 1:12 AM

Thats the Face of crazy horse!!!
Ive been was great

Posted by: Hans on February 14, 2007 9:33 PM

isn't mount rushmore the world's largest sculpture?

Posted by: mark on March 1, 2007 1:05 AM

Fuck you for ruining natures mountain.

Posted by: australian on March 1, 2007 10:26 AM

Indeed fuck you for destroying nature.

Posted by: Hans/Netherlands on March 3, 2007 11:51 PM

relax, theres plenty of rock but great outside sculptures are rare. nice work

Posted by: Michael on March 4, 2007 12:38 PM

great memorial to the native tribes a better use of stone than a rock quarry

Posted by: fritz on March 4, 2007 7:35 PM

Its a beautiful structure. Built with the blessing of native tribes. It is much bigger than Mt Rushmore. All of Mt Rushmore would fit in the gap between Crazy Horse's arm and his horse.

Posted by: sean on March 6, 2007 6:46 PM

Actually, all four PRESIDENTS would fit in Crazy Horse's HEAD. See link for Smithsonian article. This is indeed a beautiful monument. Having lived in South Dakota for 6 years and in the Black Hills for 5, I've been to both Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse countless times. After all the hype about Rushmore, actually seeing it for the first time was a bit of a letdown, but seeing Crazy Horse is inspiring every time I go.

Posted by: Char on March 6, 2007 7:04 PM

We have seen it & are in awe of the great Chief raising from the barren rock, which has awaited his return.

Posted by: Peggy on August 23, 2007 10:21 PM

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