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Robert C. Fisher

A Night at the Races

Edward S. Fink

Crazy Horse Memorial

The Black Hills of South Dakota, USA

June 25, 2006 - 12:39 UTC (07:39 local time)

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© 2006 Edward S. Fink, All Rights Reserved.



360 degree aerial panorama of the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest sculpture, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore.

When completed, the mountain carving of Crazy Horse astride his horse will be 563 feet (172 meters) high and 641 feet (214 meters) long. Crazy Horse's head is 87 feet 6 inches (27 meters) high. The horse's head, currently the focus of work on the mountain, is 219 feet (67 meters) high.

The work was begun in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski at the request of Native Americans. Korczak died in 1982. His wife, Ruth, and their family continue the project working with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

Korczak depicted Crazy Horse with his left hand thrown out pointing in answer to the derisive question asked by a white man, "Where are your lands now?" Crazy Horse replied, "My lands are where my dead lie buried."

The Memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio, as well as a 40,000-square-foot Orientation Center and theaters. Many Native American artists and crafts people create their artwork and visit with guests at the Memorial during the summer season.

Visit CrazyHorse.org to learn more about Crazy Horse and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

See more aerial and ground level panoramas of the Black Hills at my website BigEyeInTheSky.com

I want to thank Ruth Ziolkowski and Pat Dobbs for their help.


Hardware: Four Nikon D70s’ with 8mm Sigmas, Bell Jet Ranger III helicopter.
Software: PTGui, Photoshop, Pano2QTVR.

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