The Crazy Horse Memorial mountain crew uses precision explosive engineering to carefully and safely remove and shape the rock of the mountain. Since the dedication of the face of Crazy Horse in 1998, the work has been focused on blocking out the horse’s head.
A network of about a dozen benches will be cut out around the horse’s head. The benches serve to block out the head to within 20 feet of the final surface of the horse’s head, while providing access roads for the heavy equipment used to drill holes for loading explosives and to remove loose rock after each blast.
Crazy Horse mountain carvers recently mapped out their future on the far side of the mountain.
In preparing to create the artistic details, the crew painted the outline of the extended hand, which will be supported by the mane atop the colossal horse’s head.
The hand will be about 35 feet tall. The extended left index finger will be nearly 28 feet long. The horse’s head, when completed, will be 219 feet tall.
To paint the mountain, the crew did not guess on the location to complete the painted outline. They used reference points transferred from models and checked with computer-generated surveying.
When it is time to remove the rock to craft the hand, a measuring boom similar to one used in creating the carved face will be built and installed at the end of the extended arm.
Crazy Horse Autumn Volksmarch hikers will be able to see the recently added outline while on their journey to the arm in front of the nearly 90-foot-tall carved face.