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On the blog: Second summer kicks off

July 7, 2014
by Anna Huntington, The Sculpture Project

On Sunday, community members gathered to welcome Yuki back to Rapid City for his second summer of work on The Sculpture Project at Main Street Square.

Children and adults had a chance to work with the sculptor alongside his boyhood friend, Pittsburgh-based wood artist Tadao Arimoto, creating yararobei, or traditional Japanese balancing toys. Using bamboo sticks, bits of wood and jelly beans, the two artists helped people build traditional Japanese toys that balance, seemingly miraculously, on a finger, the tip of a nose, a desk and just about anywhere else you can think of.

The craft was a fun and lighthearted way to investigate one of Yuki's primary themes for Passage of Wind and Water — the striving of all beings to live in balance. See photos.

The theme is central to his design for the three remaining Badlands stones along Main Street that will be his focus this summer. Yuki said his design for the stones moves from where the project began last year, metaphorically expressing vast expanses of our region's geological time, into more recent history, including events at Wounded Knee.

Also on Sunday, the Passage of Wind and Water Arts Collaborative leader, Sara Olivier, was joined by Emily Weber and Holton Huntington in a reading of the project's choral poem, Badlands. And, Yuki served iced barley tea. The sculptor always has a jug of the refreshing drink at his work site and other Japanese visitors described it as "the taste of summer."

Yuki and Tadao are holding yararobei workshops at The Heritage Center on Pine Ridge and at the Boys Club in Rapid City this week. Please check the Events calendar for details. Yuki will then be traveling and plans to be back at work in the Square on July 17.

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