Sculptor begins second year of carving on Sunday, July 6

Monday, June 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – The second year of the Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water will officially begin on Sunday, July 6, in Opening of the Passage, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Main Street Square in Downtown Rapid City.

Masayuki Nagase completed five stones in 2013, and has begun to prepare the next three stones in the Badlands Garden, the series of stones along Main Street.

“The carving of the next three stones marks the opening of the Passage of Wind and Water for 2014,” said Anna Huntington, Destination Rapid City community arts coordinator. “The artist has been creating sketches and models since he left Rapid City in October 2013.”

At the Opening of the Passage on July 6, attendees can meet the artist and explore his work while enjoying refreshments and entertainment. Pittsburg-based wood artist Tadao Arimoto will teach attendees to build your own “Balancer.”

Nagase works at Main Street Square most weekdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most Thursdays at noon, he will be available to talk to the public about the work.

The $2 million project is entirely funded through a partnership between Destination Rapid City and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, and is one of the largest privately funded public art projects in the United States.

The artist is expected to complete the work in five years, working on site during the summer months. A committee of arts and civic leaders chose Nagase from an international pool of 88 applicants through a yearlong selection process.

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