Monument Health unveils community tapestry sculpture

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A new sculpture representing the community is on display at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.

The community tapestry sculpture was created by local artist Dale Lamphere. It was unveiled Tuesday to the staff.

The sculpture is 32-feet tall and 16-feet wide. It’s mounted on the wall of the lobby inside the Fifth Street entrance. It’s a collaboration of Lamphere and some 20 other artists, all in South Dakota.

After a comment from his wife, Lamphere felt it made sense to have other artists contribute to the piece, with the theme “What healing means to me.”

The staff at Monument Health hopes those who see the sculpture get a sense of the diversity in the community.

Elle Larsen, Monument Health Art Committee Chair Member, said “I think having the diverse group of artist really represents who are patients are. We serve all of western South Dakota, we have patients from the Black Hills to the plains and everywhere in between and I think the diversity of the art work really represents the diversity of our patients. ”

Monument Health will also add a kiosk that will provide information about each piece of the sculpture and the artists behind them.

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