The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water is a massive public art project underway at Main Street Square that will be part of the community for generations.
The 21 large chunks of ancient granite that make up the project were integrated into the original design for Main Street Square. The Square’s landscape architect, Deane Rundell, designated the granite pieces along Main Street the "Badlands Tapestry Garden" and the granite along Sixth Street the "Black Hills Tapestry Garden."
A selection committee of arts and community leaders chose stone sculptor Masayuki Nagase to be the project's artist from an international pool of 88 artists in 2012. Nagase trained in Japan, is based in Berkeley and has a long career as a stone sculptor and public artist.
The sculptor’s abstract design for the project uses two major visual themes, wind for the Badlands Garden and water for the Black Hills Garden, and explores a vast expanse of the region’s history of continuous and often rapid transformation. Nagase’s design suggests the aspiration of all beings in nature to live in balance and communicates the community’s hopes for the future.
“The design elements are tools, a means, for me to show people the themes of change and the energy of nature which takes us all," Nagase says.
Using traditional Japanese stone carving tools, Nagase began work at Main Street Square in July 2013. Carving during the summer months, the sculptor anticipates completing the project, including the two 35-foot granite spires, in summer 2017.
You can meet the sculptor and learn more about his process most Thursdays June through October at noon during Art for Lunch when Nagase opens up his worksite at the Square to visitors.
The Sculpture Project has inspired many creative and educational community projects and events, including a two-story Badlands mural visible from the Square, an annual Native American art market at the Square, an artists in schools program, a cross-artistic performance collaborative and K-12 curricula. Read more, find a complete calendar of events related to the project and discover how you can get involved at RCSculptureProject.com.
The Sculpture Project is funded through a partnership between Destination Rapid City and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.
The Gathering was inspired by The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water and artist Masayuki Nagase's themes of balance and transformation. Read more about The Sculpture Project HERE.