Plans begin for a new sculpture in Spearfish

Sturgis resident and artist, Dale Lamphere is creating a 20-foot sculpture that will be installed in the new roundabout at the intersection of Jackson Street and Ames Street in Spearfish.

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The City of Spearfish will be displaying a new sculpture in the fall of 2021, in conjunction with Black Hills State University.

Artist Dale Lamphere and BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols with model sculpture, courtesy BHSU

Artist Dale Lamphere and BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols with model sculpture, courtesy BHSU

Artist Dale Lamphere and BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols with model sculpture, courtesy BHSU

The 20-foot sculpture will be installed in the new roundabout at the intersection of Jackson Street and Ames Street in Spearfish.

Spearfish Intersection

Spearfish Intersection for proposed round about and where sculpture will be installed

Spearfish Intersection

Sturgis resident and well renowned artist, Dale Lamphere, created a model for the sculpture that will honor the ongoing collaboration of the Spearfish community and Black Hills State University.

Titled ‘The Hive’, the sculpture will be made of all stainless steel and will also serve as a way to greet visitors and students to the University.

'The Hive' Model Sculpture

‘The Hive’ Model Sculpture

'The Hive' Model Sculpture

Laurie Nicholas, BHSU President, says, “And while that particular intersection is not quite at the University, it is getting very close, it is within blocks and so it seemed like it was a more visible and a natural way to let people know that they are coming on to campus.”

Nichols added that this new sculpture will complement the many impressive public art pieces throughout Spearfish and add to the already strong arts community.

Nicholas says, “Sculptures are beautiful and they are wonderful pieces of public art, but they draw people. People are very attracted to public art and if we could do that and convert an image of the University we knew we could really promote BH and we really wanted to do that in the process if we could as well.”

Lamphere with model sculpture

Lamphere with model sculpture

Lamphere with model sculpture

Lamphere said he studied the structure of a natural hive and wanted to created something that represents the home of the BHSU Yellow Jackets, saying, “We’ve gone through two iterations at this point of dozens of drawings and got it closer to an appliance of a real hive. Also included are the school colors gold and green and we will have some really interesting lighting that will take place and it will serve as an entrance point to Black Hills State University.”

BHSU is seeking grants and donations for the project. As travelers visit Spearfish, the art work hopes to benefit the entire community.

The Hive

Lamphere says, “I do think it transcends just the University and becomes an interesting visual object a beautiful sculpture for the city as well. I want it to be timeless and iconic and represent the University in the years ahead.”

Recent works by Lamphere include the Dignity of Earth and Sky at Chamberlain and the Arc of Dreams in Sioux Falls.

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