“Dignity represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota
and Dakota cultures in South Dakota. My intent is to have the sculpture stand as an enduring symbol of our shared belief that all here are sacred, and in a sacred place. My hope is that the sculpture might serve as a symbol of respect and promise for the future.”
‘Dignity’ was commissioned by Rapid City businessman Norm McKie and his wife Eunabel and given as a gift to all the people of South Dakota.
The installation celebration in Chamberlain was held on September 17, 2016.
“I seek to express the strength and grace of the human spirit using timeless design, contemporary materials and innovative techniques. We worked with an engineering firm and native advisors for months to be certain the work was structurally sound and culturally appropriate.
In the summer of 2015 we began production of the full-scale sculpture starting with the support structure and the star quilt. It’s exciting and challenging for the team to work on this scale.”
– Dale Claude Lamphere
The central stainless steel pipe armature bears the weight of the quilt, made of over one hundred twenty eight 4′-foot diamonds, and the fabricated sculpture of the woman. To reduce wind resistance, the wind moves through the diamonds and the perforations of her dress.