Pointing Machine Ready to Measure Up

2014 12 17At the end of July, just less than a year from the date of the original sketches, the new Crazy Horse Pointing Machine arrived at the Memorial. It will be used for detail measuring during the finish carving of Crazy Horse’s hand and the horse’s mane areas of the Mountain Carving. This will allow the Mountain Crew to accurately locate points on the Mountain based on measurements from the latest one-sixtieth model.

The morning after its arrival, Mountain Crew members transported and securely mounted the base rail above where the outstretched finger of Crazy Horse will be. They then positioned the base trolley and measurement boom on the rail and learned its controls and operation, which included a compass for reading the horizontal angle of the boom, and counters for reading the length of the extended cable.

Once mounted on the Mountain, verification was done between the Crazy Horse Global Coordinate System and the Pointing Machine Coordinate System. The Pointing Machine was placed to provide maximum coverage for pointing on the hand. A one-sixtieth scale model of the Pointing Machine, is in place on the one-sixtieth scale model to assist with utilization.

The new Pointing Machine may sound familiar to those of you who have followed this Dream for years. The Machine follows the design of its predecessor, the Pointing Machine atop of Crazy Horse’s head that was an integral part of the carving of Crazy Horse’s face. The face Pointing Machine was included in a detailed three-book set of plans that Korczak and Ruth Ziolkowski had prepared. Ruth carried out its creation based on that outline, after Korczak‘s death. The first Pointing Machine, due to its unprecedented use, was designed and constructed in-house.

The present day Pointing Machine plan was dictated by Ruth Ziolkowski and daughter Monique, based on Mountain needs as finish-phases approach in several areas. The project was outsourced to TEI Drills of Colorado based on the quality work they had done on other equipment. Glenn Patterson, Vice President of TEI Engineering, keeps in contact with the Mountain Crew from afar and onsite.
  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 25-28

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 25-Sep 30

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 8

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.