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Published on Dec 2, 2011
Rough shaping of the gigantic 219-foot-high horse's head on the Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving is on a steady march to the goal below the horse's nose. Memorial President-CEO Ruth Ziolkowski said despite winter cold and snow, mountain carvers are blasting nearly weekly. Most recently, Memorial visitors saw a 600-ton blast on Nov. 29 in an area 340 feet below the top of the carved Crazy Horse face. Blocking out the artistic plan of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski involves creating 11 horizontal work spaces called "benches." This last blast was on the 10th bench, meaning the horse's nose is 20 feet down.