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Dignity of Earth & Sky: South Dakota’s newest Landmark

00 Chamberlain South Dakota (11)

South Dakota has a new landmark of which it’s proud.  This sculpture is known as “The Dignity of Earth & Sky”, or Dignity, and was completed in 2016.  It’s located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota.  Dignity is easily accessed as it adjoins a freeway rest area and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.  
Dignity is sculpture of a Native American woman which is crafted of stainless steel and glass.  Towering 50-foot-tall, her outstretched arms hold a quilt featuring 128 blue and white glass diamond shapes that flutter in the wind.  At night, LED lights make the diamond shapes glow (something we did not see).

Dignity, South Dakota

Dignity, South Dakota

When he was designing Dignity, sculptor Dale Lamphere wanted to create something that …

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“Pic of the Week”. April 18, 2014: Michelangelo’s “Other Pieta”

vatican Pieta

It being Good Friday, I thought it timely to share two of my favorite sculptures with you.  The photo above (which you can enlarge by click on the thumbnail below) is from St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, highlighting its beautiful Pieta.  This was carved by a then unknown young sculpture, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or as we know him, “Michelangelo”.  It is the only one of his sculptings he signed.  I think it’s the most amazing sculpture I’ve ever seen and the skill of this artist to breath life and emotion into the cold stone never ceases to amaze me.  But this was not his only work on this subject.  You’ll see another Pieta in the Duomo Museum in …

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