Small Wonders: A Personal Journey to the Wonders of the World

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Join the author on a personal journey to the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and to the Seven Man-made Wonders. Natural Wonders: Amazonia. Angel Falls. Ayers Rock. Blue Grotto. Grand Canyon. Victoria Falls. Rainbow Bridge. Man-made Wonders: Crazy Horse. Empire State Building. Golden Gate Bridge. Great Wall of China. Machu Picchu. Petra. Taj Mahal. Intelligence and greatness are qualities found in people willing to journey outside the ordinary to visualize the wonders within themselves and the world. In other ...
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Join the author on a personal journey to the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and to the Seven Man-made Wonders. Natural Wonders: Amazonia. Angel Falls. Ayers Rock. Blue Grotto. Grand Canyon. Victoria Falls. Rainbow Bridge. Man-made Wonders: Crazy Horse. Empire State Building. Golden Gate Bridge. Great Wall of China. Machu Picchu. Petra. Taj Mahal. Intelligence and greatness are qualities found in people willing to journey outside the ordinary to visualize the wonders within themselves and the world. In other word, people of vision. These people can be discovered anywhere from lowly dirt floor huts to majestic granite walled cathedrals, universities, and courtrooms. They may be seen cradling a baby, crafting an art piece, playing a song, planting a flower, or holding an animal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781888106633
  • Publisher: Agreka Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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On May 3, 1947, a self-taught sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, arrived to the Black Hills of South Dakota. He had accepted the Sioux Indians invitation to carve the great Indian warrior Crazy Horse. Korczak was born in Boston of Polish descent, orphaned at the age of one, and grew up in foster homes. He never received a formal lesson in sculpture, art, engineering, or architecture. In 1939 he won first prize for sculpture at the New York World's Fair. This prompted Sioux Indian Chiefs to invite him to carve Crazy Horse. That summer Korczak worked briefly as an assistant to Gutson Borglum at the Mt. Rushmore Memorial just seventeen miles northeast from the future Crazy Horse site. Mt. Rushmore was to be a monument to the founding principles of a democratic society. Korczak was respected by the Indians as the storyteller in stone. "My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too," wrote Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear. The Indians insisted that Crazy Horse be carved in their Sacred Black Hills. They chose a six hundred foot monolith which Korczak named Thunderhead Mountain. Initially the sculptor had planned to carve only the top one hundred feet of the granite mountain. "I didn't intend to make it this large, you know. I intended to make it one hundred feet high but that size figure would look like nothing, so I decided to carve the whole mountain." In actuality, Korczak was not only carving a mountain, he was shaping a dream to represent all the North American Indians. He also promised that the Crazy Horse Monument would be a "nonprofit educational and cultural humanitarian project financed by the interested public and not with government tax money." Korczak pledged to never accept a salary for his work. When he started work on the mountain in 1948 Korczak was almost forty, living in a tiny log studio-home, and had only one hundred seventy four dollars left to his name. He would devote the remainder of his life to carving the mountain. The following was written in May, 1949, by Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski: Crazy Horse was born on Rapid Creek in the Black Hills of South Dakota in about 1842. While at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, under a flag of truce, he was stabbed in the back by an American soldier and died September 6, 1877 – age 35(?). Crazy Horse defended his people and their way of life in the only manner he knew.
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