The Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk gets underway next month. The event is bringing a sculptor all the way from Belgium to Sioux Falls. While he's here, he's getting help from some hard-working volunteers. Rik Beuselinck first heard about the downtown walk through relatives in South Dakota. His work is being is being sponsored by Lifescape, formerly known as Achieve and Children's Care.
Belgium Sculptor Rik Beuselinck is halfway through his six-week project. Unlike many artists, he's not alone in his temporary studio. He's being joined by two volunteers from Lifescape who are helping complete the sculpture.
Cheryl Paulson is one of the volunteers. She's been shaping and cleaning the pieces on the sculpture, and she's excited for the final product to be unveiled downtown.
"If I get done with this, all this stuff that I'm working on right now, I can't wait to walk down there and see it," Cheryl Nelson said.
Beuselinck came up with the idea of this composite art project after he found out about what Lifescape does in the South Dakota community. He then asked the organization if there were volunteers to help with his work. He considers sculpting his life, and enjoys sharing his passion.
"We built it together, the sculpture. It's not me. We do it together, and I can give them the feeling that they now also a sculpture man. So I like that very much, and they do it very well," Sculptor Rik Buselinck said.
Paulson has enjoyed working with the sculptor.
"He's a pretty nice guy," Paulson said.
Beuselinck says the sculpture represents the pressure the Earth is under as the population continues to grow, and it's people feel the pressure to reach impossible goals.
Lifescape Vice President Rick Disanto likes the theme of the work, and he enjoys seeing the people his organization serves helping out.
"It's been a good experience for us. It's been an opportunity for people we support to get involved and volunteer a little of their time and the pride that they have has been really great to see," Nick Disanto said.
Beuselinck's project will be on display at the Sculpture Walk Expo, starting on May 3rd.
If you are interested in seeing more of Beuselinck's work, including his dream for a sculpture towering more than 25 feet high click here.