Square Sculptor to Hold Workshop in Spearfish

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January 18, 2013 7:30 am  •  Aaron Orlowski Journal staff

Main Street Square sculptor Masayuki Nagase is reaching out to the community before he even starts the sculpture project — and not just in Rapid City.

Nagase will hold a community design workshop at 1 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Black Hills State University's Meier Hall in Spearfish, where visitors can meet the artist, hear his plans for the sculpture project and give input.

The workshop is "an opportunity to be part of what we hope becomes a legacy sculpture in our community," said Anna Huntington, community arts coordinator for Destination Rapid City, which is behind the sculpture project.

The project, "Passage of Wind and Water," is arranged into two series, one along Sixth Street representing the water of the Black Hills and the other along Main Street representing the wind of the Badlands. The two series intersect at the streets' intersection.

Nagase, a native of Japan, was chosen from among five finalists for the $2 million art project funded by Destination Rapid City and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. The project will take several years to complete.

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