May 16, 2014
by Anna Huntington, The Sculpture Project
"It feels like I'm coming home," sculptor Masayuki Nagase said recently about returning to Rapid City for his second summer of carving at Main Street Square. Yuki will drive his truck packed with supplies and tools from his "other" home in Berkeley, and plans to arrive June 18.
He said he'll start setting up the safety enclosure at the Square and will begin preparing the three remaining Badlands Tapestry Garden stones along Main Street as soon as he arrives. He'll likely begin carving before the end of June.
He works at the Square most weekdays, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and holds Art For Lunch, informal artist's talks, most Thursdays at noon.
Yuki will be in Rapid City in time for Echoing Passages. The cross-artistic performance by the Passage of Wind and Water Arts Collaborative is inspired by Yuki's work. The free event includes dance, film, poetry and music at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City on June 20 at 7 p.m.
Then, on Sunday, July 6, 1 to 3 p.m., everyone is invited to Main Street Square for a welcoming celebration for Yuki that includes refreshments, entertainment, and a workshop with Tadao Arimoto, a wood artist based in Pittsburgh and an old friend of Yuki's.
While he's in Rapid City, Yuki stays in a complimentary suite at the Alex Johnson, conveniently in walking distance from the Square. On the weekends, he said he's looking forward to getting out into the beautiful Black Hills and Badlands for camping and exploring.