A collaborative of Rapid City-based nonprofits announced recently that it is seeking a Native artist affiliated with a South Dakota tribe to continue a downtown Rapid City project.
According to a news release from the First Peoples Fund, the group is looking for an artist to carve or sandblast a piece of granite in the center of a large Lakota medicine wheel in front of Main Street Square.
The stone to be carved is a large granite bench in front of the two granite spires at the intersection of Main and Sixth streets. It is in the center of the medicine wheel, which is made of colored concrete and embedded in the walkway.
Artists will also have the option to carve a large granite boulder that is part of a Lucite wall near the central granite piece, according to the release.
The artist will be selected by a committee of representatives from First Peoples Fund and Native POP Art Market and Cultural Celebration. The project is privately funded, and the artist’s fee, to include all materials and fabrication costs, is $30,000.
“Masayuki Nagase, the sculptor who carved the 21 pieces of granite around Main Street Square that make up Passage of Wind and Water, did not include this stone in his project design because of its location in the medicine wheel,” Mary Bordeaux, chair of the selection committee, program manager for fellowships at First Peoples Fund, and a founding member of the Native POP organizing committee, said in the release. “The artist selected for the project will develop a design that is considerate of this location as well as harmonizing with Masayuki’s work.”
The invitation is open to artists who typically work in two- or three-dimensional forms. Artists may propose 2-D designs that can be transferred to the stone/s through a sandblasting process, according to the release.
For more information, contact Bordeaux or Anna Huntington at First Peoples Fund, 348-0324, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close Jan. 31. The selected artist will be notified in February. Work may begin on site in June and must be completed by Sept. 1.