Jan 11 2011
It will be the largest statue, if it’s ever finished. The Crazy Horse monument has been under construction since 1948 in South Dakota, the territory once home to the Dakota chief, who defended the U.S. Army. The statue which right now is only a few miles from the giant sculptures of some better known chiefs – the four presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, which was completed in 1941. The design of the Crazy Horse monument includes its entire body, as well as its horse. Just the 87 foot top base took 50 years to complete. For now, the world’s largest sculpture is a carving of the Buddha in China’s Henan province, that is 420 feet tall. The Statue of Liberty isn’t even close – it’s only 151 feet from toe to torch, though it’s 15 stories high. And anyway, big isn’t necessarily popular. The most visited statues are those in the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, whose collection includes both the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The Winged Victory of Samothrace – a classic of Ancient Greek Sculpture was built more than 2000 years ago, when it was unearthed in the 19th century, by Charles Champoisean, unlike the Crazy Horse statue in South Dakota, which is, for the moment at least, nothing but arms and head.