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Sculptor describes final Badlands Garden stones

November 19, 2014
by Masayuki Nagase

When I first began studying the design of Main Street Square, I was always drawn to the three stones that I completed this summer. Their particular forms had a strong presence of movement because of their placement closest to one of the 35-feet tall spires. Stone #3 is the tallest form in the Badlands Tapestry Garden along Main Street and it seemed to be a pair with Stone #4. If you view them together, you can “see” or envision a sphere of energy in the empty space between the two forms. I could feel this strong movement even before I began the visual design for them.

Two years ago, during the artist selection process for this project, the five final artists were given an extensive group tour of the region. I visited the site of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation for the first time. I was deeply moved as Jhon Goes In Center led us in a prayer for those who lost their lives there. I felt the deep challenge as an artist to create a design that could express this complex history of this region.

After doing the research and background study for this project, I chose the theme of Transformation, Change and Hope: the aspiration of all life in nature, including human beings, to live in balance. In my artwork, I always work with nature as the ultimate force that drives the ever-changing and evolving movement of life. Read more of the sculptor's desciption of Badlands Garden Stones #2-4.

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Christine Stewart shared a first draft of Part One of Passage of Wind and Water: A Choral Poem.

Christine writes that this draft is, "Inspired by the work of Mrs. Garrett's sixth-graders (Southwest Middle School) as well as several of the adult participants who have sent me lines, poems, and bits of prose. I have drafted the "wind" section of the choral poem. Several parts seem to be shaping up: stars, water, wind, stone, prairie. I'm eager to collect more submissions, so please send yours as soon as possible."

A choral poem is a poem designed to be read aloud by two or more people in a group setting. This first draft is crafted for three readers. To read the poem,

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-poem-draft.html#sthash.NYN9dc4F.dpuf

NEWS

Sculpture project brings teaching artists to local schools, Rapid City Journal, November 16, 2014

Nagase completes Badlands Tapestry Garden, SDPB, November 7, 2014

Ruth Brennan: Sculpture Project resonates with community, Rapid City Journal, November 6, 2014

Nagase sculpture inspires community artists, SDPB, November 4, 2014

The Sculpture Project, a short video by Randal Iverson, October 2014

A renaissance in Rapid City, New York Times, May 6, 2014

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