Courtesy Masayuki Nagase

The fourth year of work on the “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture has come to a close. The largest privately funded public art project in the country is located at the heart of Rapid City’s Main Street Square. We visited with the artist responsible for the massive granite sculpture to discuss what he’s accomplished and what lies ahead in the project’s final year.

Nagase Completes Badlands Tapestry Garden

Nov 7, 2014
Photo by Masayuki Nagase

Masayuki Nagase has completed the second year of work on his Passage of Wind and Water sculpture at Rapid City’s Main Street Square. The finished art piece will reflect the archeological, geological and cultural history of the Badlands and the Black Hills. We visited with the artist to discuss what he’s accomplished on the 5-year project so far, and what’s on the agenda for 2015.

Nagase Sculpture Inspires Community Artists

Nov 4, 2014
Courtesy Kenny Putnam

  The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture has been the focal point of Rapid City’s Main Street Square for the past two years. But the country’s largest privately-funded public art project has also had an impact on other areas – from schools, to cultural bridge-building, to local businesses and social networking. We visit the opening of an exhibit at Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries to see how the Passage of Wind and Water sculpture is also impacting the area's art community. 

Masayuki Nagase - The Man Behind The Art

Dec 16, 2013
Photo by Jim Kent

Over the summer, residents of and visitors to Rapid City had the opportunity to meet a world class sculptor and view his work at Main Street Square. But as with any artist, there’s a real person behind the images they create – a person who’s often not visible to the public.

Today we visit with sculptor Masayuki  Nagase to learn about the man behind the art.

It’s a quiet Saturday morning in September as I sit beside Masayuki Nagase…about to share in a daily ritual for the Japanese artist.

"What are we about to have here? " I ask.