Stone sculptor Masayuki Nagase will hold a community design workshop at Meier Hall at Black Hills State University at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3.
The workshop is an opportunity to meet the artist, hear about plans for his project, “Passage of Wind and Water” at Main Street Square in Rapid City, and give input for design elements.
The artist will carve the 21-piece granite sculpture project on site at Main Street Square over the next three to five years beginning this summer. The $2 million artwork makes the Black Hills home to the largest privately funded public art project underway in the United States.
The artist’s conceptual design depicts the natural and cultural past, present and future of the Black Hills and Badlands through the themes of wind and water. Nagase is holding design workshops throughout the region and will incorporate elements suggested by the community into his final design.
Nagase, originally from Kyoto, Japan, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo, completed a traditional stone-carving apprenticeship in the granite quarries there, and has worked as a sculptor internationally for over 30 years. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Michele Ku, also an artist, and their daughter.
The artist’s most recent public art installations are at Portland State University in Oregon, Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Charlotte, North Carolina and Centralia Community College in Washington. Masayuki Nagase’s public art appears in Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, as well as in Japan, Chile and Europe.
The sculpture project at Main Street Square is funded through a partnership between Destination Rapid City and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.