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Reaction to sculptor pick for Main Street Square

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Destination Rapid City announced an artist from California was chosen for the sculpture project in Main Street square.

We posted the news on our Facebook page and it received a lot of negative comments.

Some Facebook users were upset that the artist is from California and someone locally wasn't chosen.

The sculptor, Masayuki Nagase was chosen for this two million dollar project from 88 different artists from all over the world.

Members of the selection committee and Destination Rapid City say part of the reason he rose to the top: his eagerness to involve the community in the project.

But people we spoke with say they are happy about the choice.

"I think it would be wonderful if the artist that was chosen was from the Hills but that can't always be the case. I know he was probably chosen in a very thought out manner," said Mckayla Schwahn of Rapid City.

"As long as he can represent the area and he understands the people here, then awesome," said Kallie Baum of Rapid City.

"I think it's wonderful that he is not from the Hills. He will bring so much into the city with those sculptures," said Susan Wendt of Custer.

The project is estimated to take three to five years to finish. And Nagase will live in Rapid City from June through September or October every year until the sculptures are complete.

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