SculptureWalk continues to grow amid leadership transition

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 9:55 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - SculptureWalk is one of downtown Sioux Falls’ most popular attractions, and new sculptures have been installed for 2021.

Jim Clark has been the man behind SculptureWalk since the beginning.

“When we started this in 2003, the work on it, we planned to have the first sculptures installed in 2004,” Clark said. “We really didn’t know what we were doing, but we thought, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a shot.’”

Now, the walk has transformed into a staple of downtown Sioux Falls, featuring more than 60 sculptures for its 18th season.

“The talent level has grown over the years, just because, word of mouth through the artist community that Sioux Falls’ SculptureWalk is a pretty good program to participate in,” Clark said.

Each year, thousands make it a priority to come and view the unique works of art.

“Every year we get calls from people, not only in the (Sioux Falls) community, but also people around the country asking ‘Okay, when are the new sculptures going to come up? Because we want to come and see them.’”

At the end of May, Clark will be retiring from his position as the Director of SculptureWalk.

“I won’t miss the stress, I won’t miss the responsibility. I’ll miss the artists, getting together with the artists, seeing the artwork when it gets here. The volunteers, I love them,” Clark said.

Washington Pavilion Management Inc. will be taking over for Clark, a group he knows will continue to build on what he’s invested so much into.

“Hopefully they’ll bring in that new energy that I hope to see, and also some new ideas for the program.”

For more information about SculptureWalk 2021, click here.

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