Sunday, July 14, 2019

Rapid City South Dakota unveils Barack & Sasha Obama statue

Rapid City, S.D., unveiled a life-size statue of former President Obama and his daughter Sasha on Saturday afternoon.

The bronze statue is the latest addition to the town's City of Presidents, which places life-size statues of past U.S. presidents along the streets and sidewalks of Rapid City.

The statue, was constructed by local artist James Van Nuys, and took roughly two years to complete.

Many different designs were pondered over before selecting the one of Pres. Obama and his daughter, Sasha.

The choice settled on an iconic photo of Obama with his younger daughter Sasha as he took the stage at his first inauguration as the country’s first black president.

“The idea of a man and his daughter was meaningful to me because my daughter was literally my best friend,” said artist James Van Nuys, who has designed three other presidential statues.

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