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On the blog: Goodbye, Yuki!

October 22, 2014
by Anna Huntington, Arts Rapid City

Yuki's second summer of work in Rapid City came to an end last week. The safety barrier around the artist's work site came down, revealing three beautiful sculptures that are now permanent additions to our community. We love the work but will miss the artist!

Following a farewell potluck at Main Street Square, Yuki packed up his truck and drove home to Berkeley in time for the final phase of an installation of his work in a rooftop garden at San Francisco Hospital this week.

The Badlands Tapestry Garden, the series of stones along Main Street, is now complete, except for the 35-foot spire. The sculptor returns next June to begin work on the granite pieces along the Sixth Street side of Main Street Square, the Black Hills Tapestry Garden.

Yuki's positive impact on our community extends well beyond his work at the Square and continues to deepen and expand as the five-year-long project develops. He has reached out to people and organizations and formed connections throughout the Black Hills. Creative, educational, and community-building projects have sprung out of his work and it continues to inspire more.

You can see pictures and read a brief narrative recapping the summer's Passage of Wind and Water activities.

If you have stories or pictures to share about The Sculpture Project or with the artist, or if you have ideas for additional community programming, please contact

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