CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — South Dakota’s newest landmark has been formally unveiled in Chamberlain, along the banks of the Missouri River.
More than 200 people gathered at the Chamberlain rest stop on Interstate 90 Saturday to recognize the 50-foot-tall, stainless steel statue that depicts a young Native American woman with a star quilt, The Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/2cC1Owu ) reported. The art piece, titled “Dignity,” is the vision of Black Hills artist Dale Lamphere.
“My intent for this is to have the sculpture stand as an enduring symbol of our shared belief that we are in a sacred place and that we are all sacred,” Lamphere said. “I’m humbled and so grateful to have this chance to contribute to the future landscape of South Dakota and the Great Plains.”
Drivers on I-90 can see the statue day and night as it is backlit by LED lights. The statue stands atop a bluff and is susceptible to the state’s occasional harsh winds, so, to avoid any potential issues, some of its pieces can shift, allowing the wind to flow freely.
Norm and Eunabel McKie commissioned the piece two years ago, donating $1 million for the project.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard attended the event Saturday and suggested that the statue could become the state’s third most well-known landmark.
“This is very meaningful to our state,” Daugaard said. “In addition to being the state of Mount Rushmore and the state of Crazy Horse, I believe the prominent location of ‘Dignity’ and the visibility that she offers to so many millions of travelers who will be moving up and down Interstate 90, I think we’ll soon become not just the state of those two stone monuments, but also this beautiful metal sculpture as well.”
Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com