RAPID CITY—Destination Rapid City has unveiled a new website for The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water, the $2 million project in Downtown Rapid City's Main Street Square that is among the largest privately-funded public art commissions underway in the country. The website can be viewed at www.rcsculptureproject.com.
"We are thrilled to launch this new, interactive tool to showcase the exciting, collaborative work happening in Downtown Rapid City," said Beth Hottel, assistant director at Destination Rapid City. "Through the site, our community—and people from across the world—can learn about the city's vision for this project, learn about the process that has gotten us to where we are today, and meet artist Masayuki Nagase."
Visitors to the website can see previous commissions by Nagase, who was selected this month to design and sculpt the 21 granite pieces in Main Street Square. There is also a feature that asks the Black Hills community to share photos of the most beautiful aspects of nature in the Black Hills and Badlands.
"As part of his desire to cultivate a collaborative, interactive design process with the community, Masayuki would like the community to submit photos of nature in the region—landscapes, native wildflowers, birds, mammals and more," said Anna Huntington, community arts coordinator. "Whether they are photos of nature from the Black Hills and Badlands, or of nature in Downtown Rapid City, Masayuki will use the photos as inspiration for the project's design."
There will be a public informational meeting and design workshop with the artist at the Dahl Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. An exhibit of Nagase's selected past work and design concepts for the project at Main Street Square will open at the Dahl on Jan. 11 with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Additional events are listed on the website.
The website development project was a collaboration with The Numad Group, a communication and fundraising firm based in Rapid City that partners with organizations to realize inspired solutions.
"It has been incredibly rewarding to support the exciting arts initiative happening in Downtown Rapid City," said Matt Ehlman, principal of the firm. "While we work with nonprofits nationally and internationally, it is especially meaningful to be part of a project in our own backyard—to see the good, innovative work being done, and support that in whatever way we can."
In the coming months, Destination Rapid City will continue to add content to the site, including slideshows of events with the artist and progress on the granite sculptures throughout the summer.
The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water can also be found at www.facebook.com/TheSculptureProjectPassageOfWindAndWater, on Twitter at @rcsculpture, and on YouTube and Flickr as the project develops. Links can be found on the website.