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DIGNITY OF EARTH & SKY Dale Lamphere, South Dakota Artist Laureate

The Dignity sculpture is a stunning combination of art and history. Located on a bluff between exits 263 and 265 on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, the stainless steel, 50-foot-tall statue was specifically designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people.

His work covers the full spectrum from classic figurative sculpture in cast bronze, as represented by the four allegorical works in the South Dakota State Capitol Rotunda, to monumental fabricated stainless steel sculpture involving design, fabrication and structural engineering disciplines. Lamphere has done commissioned portraits of Bob and Dolores Hope, Burl lves, Walter Annenberg, and George and Eleanor McGovern, and other distinguished individuals.

Direct observation of nature has always been the guiding force in Lamphere’s work and often results in the biomimicry of structural patterns. In his monumental work there is a clear synergy of art, engineering, and sense of place.

Lamphere’s two most recent works, Dignity of Earth and Sky, a 50-foot 12-ton monument along the Missouri River in Chamberlain and the 300-foot by 80-foot, 60-ton Arc of Dreams spanning the Big Sioux River are excellent examples of the innovative use of materials and technologies combined with this interdisciplinary approach. CLICK TO CONTINUE

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