May 12, 2013
by Anna Huntington, community arts coordinator for The Sculpture Project
Masayuki Nagase will drive his pickup truck packed with sculpting tools about 1,400 miles from his home in Berkeley, California to Rapid City late next month.
While he’s working on The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water, his daily commute will be a little shorter – he’ll walk about a block from his summer home at the Hotel Alex Johnson to Main Street Square.
The artist plans to work at the Square 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays, except for Thursdays when he’ll be in his studio at the Dahl Arts Center. His Dahl studio will be open to the public and he’ll be there to visit with people most Thursday afternoons, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
At the Square, Nagase will work inside of a safety barrier equipped with Plexi-glass viewing portals and will be available from time to time during breaks to visit. On Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:00, he’ll give informal talks at the Square about the project and the week’s progress.
Before he starts carving in early July, the artist will conduct more research focused on the Badlands. He is planning to hold two community design workshops in Badlands communities and to visit several local fossil collections.
This summer, Nagase plans to carve the interior and exterior of the first five stones in the Badlands Tapestry Garden, beginning with stone number 9 at the eastern end of the series that parallels Main Street.
Over the course of the summer, the artist will hold community design workshops in several Rapid City locations as well as a formal artist’s talk at the Dahl. As these events take shape, they’ll be posted on the website calendar, so check back for details.