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Sculptor Wraps Work For 2013

Photo by Jim Kent

Work on The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project at Rapid City’s Main Street Square has come to an end for 2013. Community members gathered at the square to view the progress that’s been made on the sculptor’s stone representations of the Badlands and the Black Hills.  

World class sculptor Masayuki Nagase heads home to Berkley, California after four months’ work on The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project. 

Yuki says many people passed by the project site on a daily basis going to and from work, offering everything from a nod, to a thumbs-up to positive comments on his work.

“That means a lot to me because my work,” say Yuki. “It’s really based on my desire to serve for this community. And the work becomes their own.” 

Yuki Nagase was able to complete the work he planned for this year on The Passage of Wind and Water project - sculpting images on five granite stones in what he’s calling the Badlands Garden.

Credit Photo by Jim Kent
One of the stones in the Badlands Garden includes images of an aquifer accompanied by a small fountain

Don Wagner is an 86-year old World War Two Navy veteran. He’s also a fan of Yuki’s.

“I come down and check on him every once in a while,” Wagner admits. “And I admire the work that he’s doing. You know, look at it and why you don’t maybe…it’s hard work.” 

The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project is the largest privately-funded public art project in the country. It’s expected to take five years to complete. Yuki Nagase returns to work on the Badlands Garden next spring.