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Carvers Close To Shaping Granite Horse

By on March 27, 2013

SOUTH DAKOTA – Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving blasts in January and February removed 2,592 tons from in front of what will become the horse’s nostril. And March began with a 900-ton blast in this area.   Mountain carvers currently are focusing their rough shaping efforts on the 340 and 360 benches. The horizontal work areas are created in thinning the mountain from the top and working downward in following sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s artistic vision. The world’s largest mountain carving in progress will be 641 feet wide and 563 feet tall.   The last of 11 planned benches that block out the rough contours of the rider’s torso and the horse extends to just under the horse’s muzzle and is 360 feet below the top of the head of Crazy Horse.   The drilling, blasting and bulldozing occurs all year as weather permits. For more on the process, take an inside look at carving the mountain on the website: For more information about Crazy Horse, you can 605-673-4681, or e-mail: Mailing address: Crazy Horse Memorial, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900.