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Milan Pekky Bouška on October 28, 2007

I think that it there sculpsit American Polish origin . Is it already ready ?

betzy on November 3, 2007

Three sculptors worked on the carving during its creation. Gutzon Borglum was hired in 1915 as the carving consultant." He was not able to begin work on the carving until 1923 due to funding problems and World War I. Borglum left, taking all of his sketches and models with him. Augustus Lukeman, the second sculptor, resumed work on the project in 1925. Lukeman's carving included the three central figures of the Confederacy on horseback. He removed Borglum's work from the mountain and diligently worked with pneumatic drills, but by 1928 (the original deadline) only Lee's head was complete and funds were depleted. The Venable family reclaimed their property, and the massive granite mountain remained untouched for 36 years. In 1958 the state of Georgia purchased the mountain and the surrounding land. A competition was held, and nine world-renowned sculptors submitted designs for a new sculpture. In 1963, based upon recommendations by the Advisory Committee, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association chose Walker Kirkland Hancock of Gloucester, Massachusetts to complete the carving. Work resumed in 1964, and a new technique utilizing thermo-jet torches was used to carve away the granite. Chief carver Roy Faulkner, a marine veteran with a talent for using the new thermo-jet torch, was able to remove tons of stone in one day. For over eight years Park guests could see and hear the workmen and their jet torches. The figures were completed with the detail of a fine painting. Eyebrows, fingers, buckles and even strands of hair were fine-carved with a small thermo-jet torch. The carving is actually much larger than it appears from Stone Mountain Park's attractions. Workers could easily stand on a horse's ear or inside a horse's mouth to escape a sudden rain shower. A dedication ceremony for the Confederate Memorial Carving was held on May 9, 1970. Finishing touches to the masterpiece were completed in 1972.

GP-ZG on February 28, 2008

God knows what message such a massive "outburst" of The Mother Earth passes...!? Not discussing the piece of art here, I am intrigued by the urge the human race has to leave "a sign" on even the most perfect opus of The Gea! [Just remember the tourist that sprayed a glacier on New Zealand all over with graffiti the other day].

I've got a notion that quite a number of visitors there recognize the energy the mountain spreads and share "the ritual". I feel I'd be deeply impressed too!

With regards

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Photo taken in Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, USA

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  • Uploaded on June 27, 2007
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    by betzy
    • Camera: Canon EOS D60
    • Taken on 2006/06/20 19:38:05
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
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    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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