Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial.

I went to the Crazy Horse Memorial after visiting Mount Rushmore & whilst disappointed that not more of it was finished on my visit I did enjoy the museum.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse & pointing into the distance. The memorial was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organisation.

The memorial master plan includes the mountain carving monument, an Indian Museum of North America, and a Native American Cultural Center. The monument is being carved out of Thunderhead Mountain, on land considered sacred by some Oglala Lakota, between Custer and Hill City, roughly 17 miles from Mount Rushmore. The sculpture's final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet wide & 563 feet high. The head of Crazy Horse will be 87 feet high. The heads of the four Presidents at Mount Rushmore are each 60 feet high.

The monument has been in progress since 1948 and is far from complete. Crazy Horse resisted being photographed & was deliberately buried where his grave would not be found. Ziolkowski envisioned the monument as a metaphoric tribute to the spirit of Crazy Horse & Native Americans. Crazy Horse reportedly said, 'My lands are where my dead lie buried'. His extended hand on the monument is said to symbolise that statement.

Photos from Crazy Horse Memorial.

Bronze figure.

Bronze figure of the Crazy Horse Memorial with the real thing visible through the visitor centre window.

Bronze figure of Crazy Horse.

Bronze figure of Crazy Horse in the visitor centre.

Lakota Indian.

Bronze figure of a Lakota Indian in the visitor centre at the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Alan Morris with the Crazy Horse Memorial behind him in the distance.