Late Spearfish artist’s legacy lives on

Mt. Rushmore Road hosts unique displays

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Mount Rushmore Road becomes a little more colorful with the art of a Spearfish native adorning an unconventional canvas.

A worker applies the wrapping bearing Richard DuBois' work "A Perfect Day - Sylvan Lake" to a utility box at the intersection of Mt. Rushmore Rd. and St. Patrick St. Wednesday. Photo Date: Nov. 21 2018.

A worker applying “A Perfect Day – Sylvan Lake” to a utility box.

The Traffic Box Art project came to completion Wednesday, with three traffic utility boxes being covered in artwork by the late Richard DuBois.

DuBois taught at Black Hills State University for 35 years, and in the process, inspired many other artists.

The boxes bearing his work are located on Mount Rushmore Road at the intersections of Franklin, Saint Patrick and Flormann streets.

The box at Saint Patrick Street shows “A Perfect Day – Sylvan Lake.” The other two boxes have a Native American theme: “Waterhole Stampede” at Flormann Street and “A Journey Back” on Franklin Street.

The artwork selections were chosen and gifted by Rose DuBois, Richard’s wife. The art is intended to introduce visitors to the life and history of Rapid City and the Black Hills region.

“I believe putting art on those boxes kind of shows what Rapid City is and the tale that Rapid City has,” said Patrick Roseland, a friend of Richard. “[It shows] what our thoughts and processes are of why we live here in Rapid City.”

The art project is sponsored by Bursch Travel, Patrick Roseland, and the Mount Rushmore Road Group, in cooperation with Black Hills Energy.

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