Art: The Mountain-Carver

Boston-born Korczak Ziolkowski likes to do things on a big scale. A brawny six-footer who wears a full-blown, eight-inch beard, he can still, at 48, lift a 500-Ib. weight off the floor. His name itself (approximate pronunciation: Kor-chak Jule-fcttjf-ski) is so big a mouthful that even old friends avoid using it so they won't mispronounce it. But the biggest thing about Ziolkowski is his ambition. It is to carve the most mountainous piece of man-made sculpture in recorded history. He is working on a piece of material that is to the measure of his ambition: a mountain.

Sculptor Ziolkowski's subject is Crazy

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