timberland pro uk ‘Dignity’ Statue A Gift To The People Of South Dakota
The next time you drive on Interstate 90 by Chamberlain, look toward the rest stop and you’ll see South Dakota’s newest landmark, a 50 foot statue named “Dignity.”
“This is a work that will be a gift to all the people of South Dakota,” Black Hills artist Dale Lamphere said.
“I had three different Lakota models, different ages, 14, 29 and 55 and I borrowed features from each of them and tried to get a look that was truly native,” Lamphere said.
Another authentic native touch is the star quilt behind Dignity.
“The star quilt is represented in this piece is very meaningful in the Lakota and Dakota cultures. When a baby is born, they’re wrapped in a star quilt because they came down from the stars so to speak. That’s what people will see as the drive by on Interstate 90, just as they drop into the Missouri River basin, they’ll see the star quilt right on the edge of the horizon,” Lamphere said.
There’s LED lighting in the statue, so you’ll want to view it at night as well. The people viewing it on Thursday took a lot of pictures to prove they were there when Dignity went up.