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.

Dale Claude Lamphere, a Sturgis resident who attended Black Hills State University before going on to an impressive career as an artist, designed the 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 welcome visitors and students to the university. It pays homage to the BHSU mascot, the Yellow Jacket.





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.


Visit The Hive

“The Hive” sculpture is located at the roundabout on the intersetion of Jackson Boulevard and Ames Avenue in Spearfish, SD.