Georgia's Stone Mountain State Park


In 1915, Gutzon Borglum was hired to sculpt a Confederate memorial on Stone Mountain. He planned a 57,950-square-foot panorama, which he began carving in 1923. Unfortunately, Borglum and his engineer, J.G. Tucker, were forced off the project in 1925, and most of their work was blasted away by Augustus Lukeman, who undertook a smaller design. Funds ran out in 1929, however, and the project sat dormant until the state purchased the site and Walter Kirtland Hancock and Roy Faulkner were hired to complete the work. Carving resumed in 1964, using such engineering applications as jet engine torches, and was finished eight years later.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Material Science
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Stone Mountain is the world's largest mass of exposed granite. Its foundations underlie almost half the state of Georgia. On its northern face are sculpted three colossal equestrian figures of the Confederacy: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. Said to be the world's largest bas-relief sculpture, its creation spanned 57 years.
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