Let’s get unique with community artwork on the Capitol

Harmony Cardenas
Jim Speirs

Arts South Dakota supports community art of all versions. Our corporation often options the multitude of great general public art initiatives happening throughout South Dakota in our magazine, Arts Alive. And in a inventive area like our point out, there usually appears to be to be an essential new piece of public artwork being made.

South Dakotans are blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of creative performs. Assume about SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls, the soaring murals in Faulkton, the new Vigilance sculpture in Custer, the at any time-transforming art at Purple Can Graffiti Jam, Dignity standing significant previously mentioned the Missouri River and the myriad of public art uncovered in nearly every South Dakota group. 

Governor Noem has lately been endorsing a plan to put statues of the presidents carved on Mount Rushmore to fill existing statuary niches all around the Capitol dome. Even though it is interesting to hear about a new simply call for general public artwork from our Governor and we commend her for inserting value in general public art, we need to inquire how do the proposed sculptures for the South Dakota Capitol mirror what is intrinsically special about the men and women of our condition? In our view, spotlighting the presidents on Mount Rushmore with recently-produced statues is simply a skipped prospect to seize the legitimate spirit of South Dakota and the Indigenous Nations inside of our state in inspiring new community art. 

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