Monday, August 06, 2007
What would you do with a mountain?
If you had a mountain in your area, that wasn't a national monument, what would you do with it?
In South Dakota there is the Crazy Horse Memorial. This fascinating project is staggering in its scope. The native tribe from the South Dakota, the Lakota, own the mountain as part of their traditional land (whats left of it!). The Lakota have one very famous son, known as Chief Crazy Horse. He fought a very famous battle called Wounded Knee.
The Lakota, rightly proud of their famous son, wanted a monument to honour him. They agreed with a local artist/sculpturer in 1948 to create a monument to Crazy Horse and they gave the whole mountain to the project. The Lakota and the artist Korczak Ziolkowski knew that this monument could never be completed in one mans lifetime. So has begun is a project that is to handed down from father to son or the next who-knows-how-many generations until the project is finished. Kroczaks son is now middle aged and has spent his whole life carving the mountain, with his son soon ready to take over. I wish I could be here to see it when its completed. Great story! http://www.crazyhorse.org/index.shtml
Or instead of a bold, and noble, and beautiful project; you could turn your hand to something a little more garish and pink! I give you the world heritage site yet to be, Salvation Mountain, California! Enjoy! http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/CANILsalv.html