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Saturday Photo Hunt: VAST

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The theme for the Saturday Photo Hunt of January 25 was VAST, and I'm finally getting around to posting something for it now.

The photo shows the Crazy Horse Monument, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This monument is a half-hour from Mount Rushmore and is another big stone head, but this one is a whole lot bigger than the Presidents' heads of Mount Rushmore, and it's still a work in progress.

P1120331 Crazy Horse, sunset view,50%

After Mount Rushmore was completed, a group of Lakota chiefs decided their people needed a large-scale monument to honor Native Americans. In 1939 they hired a Polish-American sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, and he began what would become his life's work -- and the life's work of at least one more generation of his family. The project was designed to be a VAST sculpture of Oglala Sioux Chief Crazy Horse, carved into a mountain, a much bigger sculpture than the one at Rushmore. For example, each president's head on Mount Rushmore is about 60 feet tall. But Crazy Horse's head is nearly 90 feet tall. And when completed, the Crazy Horse monument will show not only Crazy Horse's head, but will show the entire chief, on horseback, with his arm extended to point toward the lands of his ancestors. When complete, the sculpture will be 641 feet across and 563 feet tall. That's taller than the Washington Monument! In fact, it will be the largest sculpture in the world.

Now that's VAST.