You all know the presidents’ heads at Mount Rushmore. But have you also heard about the Crazy Horse Memorial? Located only a few miles away from Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this statue of the Oglala Lakota war leader Crazy Horse is bound to be much larger than the likenesses of the four US presidents. Once it is finished, it shall be 172 metres high and 195 metres long. However, even though construction was started in 1948, so far only the face is finished.
In the nearby museum you can see a small model of the memorial. Conveniently placed by a window, you can look past the model right at the statue emerging from the rock. This view gives a good impression of how the memorial is supposed to look. But there’s still a lot of work to be done before the famous chief sitting on his horse will be carved out of the mountain. It is estimated to take another 100 years to finish. Until then, this might just be the best view of the statue – looking out from inside the museum.
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