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History of the Project

  • October 2011. Destination Rapid City opens Main Street Square, replacing an aging parking lot in the heart of downtown Rapid City. Landscape architect includes The Sculpture Project in original plans for Square.
  • January 2012. Community-based artist selection committee announces international Call for Artists for The Sculpture Project. Receives 88 applications. Committee is a partnership between Destination Rapid City and Rapid City Arts Council, with Wyss Associates, Inc. as project manager.
  • December 2012. Destination Rapid City announces selection of Masayuki Nagase as project artist for Main Street Square Sculpture Project.
  • January 2013. Nagase exhibits past work and plans for Passage of Wind and Water at Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. Meets with 600-plus people in Community Design Workshops.
  • July 2013. Nagase begins carving Passage of Wind and Water at eastern end of Badlands Garden Tapestry.
  • October 2013. Nagase completes project’s first five stones and travels to his home in Berkeley, Calif.
  • June 2014. Sculptor returns to Rapid City for second summer of work at Main Street Square, completing last three stones in Badlands Tapestry Garden.



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