Imagine if you will, working by yourself for 7 years, hauling huge boxes of dynamite, tools, and everything you need up steps to carve out a mountain. (hell, I can barely manage a coffee cup up the stairs)
The Crazy Horse Memorial is just amazing.
Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial's mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians.
Korczak's family has continued the work, living and growing up on the mountain that honors the Native Americans, who were treated so badly by the government that had agreed to protect their lands, and people.
Funding has not come from any agency, by donations, fees for entry, and gift shop items all contribute to the fantastic sculpture. There is an education center, the chance to watch and speak to Native American craftsmen, a storyteller, and the chance to visit his home and workshop. All in all it is well worth the entry fee.