I found a site that may clear some doubts.
The competition was wide open to the whole world.
900 entries were submitted and one was chosen in
the millennium year of 2000.
It will take one month for Master Lei to complete
the Mountain of Despair and the Stone of Hope
using 100 segments of granite for easy transport by ship.
Partial list of donors
General Motors $10,000,000
Federal Appropriation $9,852,876
In-Kind (Promotions and Marketing) $3,900,000
Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation $5,000,000
Procter & Gamble $2,600,000
The Walt Disney Company $2,750,000
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. $2,636,366
Coca-Cola Foundation $2,000,000
The Ford Motor Fund $2,000,000
Verizon Foundation $2,000,000
BP America, Inc. $1,000,000
ExxonMobil Foundation $1,000,000
Fannie Mae Corporation $1,000,000
FedEx Corporation $ 1,000,000