In the early 1990s when “Money” magazine ranked the city at the top of the list for those comparable in population, a focus on the arts and culture barely registered points here. Sure, there were local artists, and places to go and see their work, but a sea change has happened in the past 20-plus years, especially when it comes to the public display of art.
One of the biggest contributors to accessible art has been SculptureWalk, a program in its 14th year of bringing sculptures to downtown streets to be enjoyed by all. This year, SculptureWalk has 56 pieces displayed mostly along Phillips Avenue and its side streets. The works represent 50 artists from 17 states and include ideas from realism to the abstract. The most expensive is “Ikicin,” a $300,000 buffalo statue by Colorado artist Gary Monaco.
Sioux Falls has the program’s director Jim Clark to thank in large part, but it wouldn’t happen without the financial support and a lot of cheerleading from local businesses and the city itself. That is a powerful combination of forces that we all need to appreciate so we continue to enjoy SculptureWalk as it moves into an impressive 15-year run next year…
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