The highly complex steps in the mountain carving process at Crazy Horse can be summed up in relatively simple terms. We are making a very large duplicate of Korczak's sculpture to tell the story of North American Indian cultures. That artwork depicts the Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, seated on his horse and pointing over the horse's head as he says, "My lands are where my dead lie buried." In order to convey that powerful story on a monumental scale on the mountain we follow three basic steps: 1) measure Korczak's model; 2) measure the mountain; 3) remove all the rock that doesn't fit! In reality each of these steps gets quite complex and requires the use of powerful tools and techniques, but the guiding principles remain quite simple.
© Barry Brideau 2003-2012