Sculpture Project inspires new downtown mural art

Friday, March 27, 2015

RAPID CITY, SD ­— Destination Rapid City has commissioned local artist Aaron Pearcy to create a two-story mural depicting a Badlands scene on the Elks Theatre building beginning today.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring more interest and vibrancy to Downtown Rapid City and at the same time continue to foster our community’s arts,” said Dan Senftner, CEO of Destination Rapid City.

Senftner said Destination Rapid City has worked closely with Elks Theatre owner Curt Small to develop the project, and that the work is being funded through the Bush Prize for Community Innovation which Destination Rapid City received in 2014.

Pearcy will paint the 960 square foot mural on the north-facing side of the Elks building above Botticelli Ristorante over three weeks. The mural will overlook the Badlands Tapestry Garden of The Sculpture Project at Main Street Square, which inspired its design.

Pearcy also painted the fireman mural on the patio wall of the Firehouse Brewing Company.

“We’re excited to see the finished product and hope it adds to the rest of the art happening in Downtown,” said Curt Small, owner of the Elks Theatre.

For additional information contact Anna Huntington, Community Arts Coordinator with Destination Rapid City, at 605-716-7979 or

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