My first reaction when I saw Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge this week, was “Well, I was made in the 1940’s, but that’s probably not quite what Ed is looking for.”
I’m not famous like some old monuments are. For example, who hasn’t heard of the Mount Rushmore National Monument? Although it was commissioned in 1925, and work on it began in 1927, it was such a vast project, that it was only completed in 1941. In this photo showing the back and side of the site, you can see the kind of terrain that the sculptors had to deal with.
Between October 1927 and October 1941, American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers, sculpted these 60 ft high carvings of the four American presidents, representing the first 130 years of American history. Sadly, Borglum died a few months before the completion of his amazing creation.
Just 17 miles away, another colossal sculpture can be found. It is said that the Mount Rushmore sculpture would fit into just the head of the ‘Chief Crazy Horse’ memorial. We watched the IMAX presentation, and this image shows how big it is, compared to both the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty.
It was started in 1948 by a Polish American, Korczak Ziolkowski and since his death in 1982, his wife and seven of his ten children have carried on the work, and as you can see, they’ve still got a long way to go. I wonder whether it will ever be completed, even before 2040.
Well there you have two old monuments, and here’s me, also ‘made in the 1940’s’. It’s a studio portrait, and the only photo I have of me as a baby. You see, I was even smiling before I had teeth! 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed my entry for Ed’s Challenge. Why not join in the fun? He does a new one every Sunday.