The Passage of Wind and Water is a five-year project, and Yuki Nagase is back in the Mount Rushmore State to complete the third year of carving and sculpting at Main Street Square.
The sculpture garden has 21 pieces of granite total and so far eight are complete.
Yuki, who's been a sculptor for more than 40 years, says finishing one carving can take up to a month.
Although he's been away for eight months now, Yuki says he's excited to be back in the Black Hills.
Yuki says, "Before I applied for this I knew only about the Badlands... that's one experience I had a long time ago, and then after I applied I learned about the Black Hills, and there are so many interesting histories and the nature is just spectacular."
Yuki says that this year he'll be focusing on the water theme of the project and expects to be working five days a week for the next four months.
Anna Huntington is the Community Arts Coordinator for Rapid City and says that it's been a privilege to watch Yuki over the years.
Huntington says, "I think that's part of what was so compelling about it for the selection committee, the sense that this is something you know these stones aren't going anywhere. This project will be with our community for generations to come... this is Rapid City's Mount Rushmore in a way."
Yuki's studio is set up right along Sixth Street in Main Street Square, giving the public a chance to see how traditional hand carving tools are used to create the sculptures.
If you want to meet Yuki and see what goes into the making of the sculptures there is an Art for Lunch event every Thursday from 12 to 1 at the Square.
You can also visit RC SCULPTURE PROJECT DOT COM to learn more.