People in downtown Rapid City now have another reason to stop by Main Street Square.
Carving of the massive granite structures that were placed in fall 2011 finally began this morning.
Sculptor Masayuki Nagase was chosen out of 88 international applicants. Originally from Japan, he fell in love with the Black Hills when he first visited 25 years ago.
Nagase says the 21 pieces of granite will reflect the beauty of the Badlands and the Black Hills as he sees them.
"I was really impressed with the, you know, the stark beauty of nature around here," Nagase says. "So I really wanted to see it once more, and that was the motivation for my project."
The project will cost $2 million and will take three to five years to complete.