• Growth from outside your field
• Opening dialogs
In September, while enjoying a walking tour of downtown Rapid City and the Main Street Square, local experts spoke of The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind & Water.
This $2 million work is the largest privately funded public art commission underway in the US. As an art historian, intrigue set in.
Who was the artist who produced a piece bold enough to catch this community’s eye and was diligently working to produce it? What exactly does ‘Passage of Wind & Water’ mean or look like?
I looked at the pieces within, the pile of granite dust that had accumulated from sandblasting, hand tools lined up on a piece of leather, students taking photos with the artist, and the way the changes of light played on each work. I am very passionate about the arts and was excited to speak to the artist firsthand.
As the students cleared, Mr. Nagase politely introduced himself. We spoke of his work, which is inspired by the essence of nature with flowing forms representing water carved from granite. These symbolized etches of “transformation, change, and hope” where inspired by the artists time in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.
Mr. Nagase is making donations to the area schools to help increase art funding and we spoke in depth of our agreed positions on the importance of the arts for children.
We took a selfie (yes, I do that), shook hands, and parted, however, I left with more knowledge of the area, the artist, his passions, and the culture he is working to convey in his art beyond anything I had read or been told.
I was also graciously gifted with a few small fragments of granite that he had personally hand chiseled while creating his art.
Allow your passions to lead you. Make time for small interruptions that are truly of interest to you. Remember to slow down and enjoy the experiences, the adventures. Encourage your attendees to take in unexpected opportunities and allow yourself and others growth outside of our industry.
If you are technology junkie, don’t hesitate to ask that tech guru about their newest platform. If you have an affinity for flowers, ask about the centerpieces. Don’t worry about not knowing enough or being out of your league, everyone started somewhere and usually people enjoy sharing what they have learned. Creating open dialogs across generations, positions, and fields help everyone grow and be ‘in the know.’ And as G.I. Joe says, “Knowing is half the battle.”