Setting a record wasn’t what drove the men who launched the project. Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota chief, and Korczak Ziolkowski, a Polish American sculptor, believed Crazy Horse deserved just as much recognition as the four U.S. presidents carved into nearby Mount Rushmore.
Not everyone is happy about the work. To some Lakota, changing the mountain disrupts the natural beauty of the land Crazy Horse dedicated his life to protecting. But other Lakota support the memorial, which includes museums and educational programs.
The goal remains as Standing Bear and Ziolkowski first planned: to help preserve the Lakota leader’s culture and heritage.