The chairman joins four US presidents and one very nobel Native American leader
Sulptor Gutzon Borglum (who is always referred to as “Borglum”) and his helpers carved these four gigantic heads of four important presidents out of South Dakota granite. Mt.Rushmore
is now a National Monument, administered by the US Park Service.Nearly 2.5 million visitors a year come to gaze at Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson. Teddy Roosevert and Abraham Lindoln. Borglum, whose father was an immigrant from Denmark, began working on the South Dakota project in 1927 and remained involved until he died in 1941 at the age of 74.
Just seven years after Borglum’s death, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (who is always referred to as “Korczak”) began sculpting a nearby mountain into what will someday be a statue of Crazy Horse
, the great Lakota chief to honor Native Americans. When completed, it will be world’s largest sculpture. Born in Boston into a Polish-American family, Korczak worked virtually alone until his death in 1982, like Borglum also at the age of 74. His last words to his wife, Ruth, were, “You must work on the mountain-but go slowly so you do it right.” Ruth and eight of their 10 children operate Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation board of directors and guide Crazy Horse toward eventual completion.
Meanwhile, in Mao Zedong’s home province of Hunan, a gigantic head is being constructed — not carved out of a mountain, but built on a concrete frame. China has the biggest defense wall (the Great Wall of China), the biggest dam (the Three Gorges Dam) and one of the tallest skyscrapers (the 101-story World Financial Center in Shanghai, the second tallest skyscraper on the planet — at least until the completion of Burj Dubai).