Ziolkowski, Korczak

Ziolkowski, Korczak

(1908–82) sculptor; born in Boston, Mass. He was the assistant to sculptor Gutzon Borglum in the creation of the National Monument at Mount Rushmore. In 1948, Ziolkowski began his own life-work: the carving out of a granite mountain (near Custer, S.D.), of a 563-foot high statue of Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, as a memorial to the American Indians. Ziolkowski's work was intended to surpass Mount Rushmore (22 miles away) in size, and stand as the single largest work of sculpture in the world. Ziolkowski founded the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Commission; after his death, several of his ten children worked to finish the gigantic project.
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"He was a great believer in private enterprise and individual initiative," Ruth Ziolkowski, Korczak's widow and president of the non-profit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, said in an interview with Liberty News Network (an affiliate of The John Birch Society).
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