Artist Statement

It’s been an absolute joy to create a sculpture honoring one of Sioux Falls’ quiet champions, while at the same time creating an iconic symbol of her compassionate spirit.  The indomitable force that was Fern Chamberlain set programs in motion that are still vital today.  It’s her spirit that lives on through her legacy of compassion.

This dove goes beyond the traditional symbolism of peace and caring.  Those identifiers aren’t quite enough to commemorate Fern.   With this sculpture you see a dove in the more aggressive pose typically reserved for an eagle.  It’s a more compelling expression of passionate service to the people of our community.  No longer a passive ideal, compassion must be an intentional, integral and even forceful element in today’s society.

-Darwin Wolf, sculptor