$_EscapeTool.xml($alt)

The HIVE Sculpture

“The Hive” was installed this fall as the gateway to Black Hills State University’s campus. Located at a newly installed roundabout on the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Ames Avenue, the sculpture was designed by renowned artist Dale Lamphere and offers a stunning depiction of a Yellow Jacket hive.

Video produced by Randall Iverson, Iverson Productions

Dale Claude Lamphere, a Sturgis resident who attended Black Hills State University before going on to an impressive career as an artist, designed a 20-foot sculpture to honor the ongoing collaboration of the Spearfish community and Black Hills State University.

The four-ton stainless steel sculpture in the new roundabout will greet visitors and students to the university. It pays homage to the BHSU mascot, the Yellow Jacket.

Recent works by Lamphere, South Dakota Artist Laureate, include the Dignity of Earth and Sky at Chamberlain and the Arc of Dreams in Sioux Falls.

BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols is excited about the sculpture and notes that the location leading to campus emphasizes that community interaction that is so important to BHSU. Located on Jackson Street on the way to campus, the sculpture in the new roundabout will greet visitors and students to the University.

“The model of the sculpture that Dale Lamphere shared with us emphasizes the legacy and ongoing synergy within the community of Spearfish and the University. Having a high caliber sculpture by Dale Lamphere, a world-renowned sculptor who was once a BHSU student, right on the street that is the gateway to Black Hills State University is an exciting project. BHSU and Spearfish have a legacy of a symbiotic relationship and it’s gratifying to move forward with a sculpture to commemorate that unique history and celebrate the collaborations to come.”

Nichols noted that this new sculpture will complement the many impressive public art pieces throughout Spearfish and reinvigorate an already strong arts community.

Lamphere created the design The Hive after much consideration.

“After studying the natural form and overlapping structure of a hive, I distilled it down into a stainless steel creation that represents the home of the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets,” Lamphere said. “My goal was to create a beautiful, lasting and iconic image that represents the University in the years to come.”

Lamphere has completed 60 major public sculptures from the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington D.C. to the City of Burbank, Calif.

Millions of visitors travel past Spearfish each year. Bringing more visitors into Spearfish to view the sculpture will greatly benefit the entire community.

The Artist

Dale Claude Lamphere

Over his 51-year career, Dale Claude Lamphere has completed 60 major public sculptures from the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington D.C. to the City of Burbank, California. His work covers the full spectrum from classic figurative sculpture in cast bronze, as represented by the four allegorical works in the South Dakota State Capitol Rotunda, to monumental fabricated stainless steel sculpture involving design, fabrication and structural engineering disciplines. Lamphere has done commissioned portraits of Bob and Dolores Hope, Burl lves, Walter Annenberg, and George and Eleanor McGovern, and other distinguished individuals.