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Sculpture Walk


    Delta Sculpture Walk

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    The Delta Sculpture Walk is a free, outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring a wonderful combination of traveling exhibits and permanent works held by Delta College. The variety showcases multiple styles and media used by the artists and sculptors. All are placed within the beautifully landscaped grounds of Delta College, in the heart of Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region.

    The sculpture exhibit has been developed to expand Delta College’s emphasis on visual artwork and the traveling pieces will be on display until spring 2013. We hope the exhibit will also help broaden the community’s view of the significant partnership between artistic expression and active learning.

    We invite the public to enjoy the Delta Sculpture Walk, which is available 365 days a year without the need for an appointment. It is our desire to encourage intellectual conversation, illuminate the creative process and provide an aesthetic environment for everyone to enjoy.

    MCACA logoThe Delta Sculpture Walk was commissioned by Delta College with the generous support of the Anderson Family of Bay City. Continued support is made possible through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and a combination of private donations to the Delta College Foundation. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please call 989-686-9224.

    Purchase a Sculpture

    All of the traveling sculptures in this exhibit can be purchased. A portion of the proceeds from sculpture sales will benefit the Delta Sculpture Walk. For more information, contact curator John Suave at 734-819-3456.

    Sculpture Map

    6. Inside My World 5. Currents 4. Unfolding Arch 2. Ripples 1. Untitled 18. Tussle 17. Significant Body 7. Strum 3. Untitled 8. Blackhawk 9. Monarch Mound 10. Gilardone 11. Cochon Rouge Wind's Wings 13. Celebration 14. Walk and Reach 16. Jazz Man 15. Vivando 19. Revolver 20. Dancer 21. Position 22. Darn 23. Vicinity Image Map


    The Delta Sculpture Walk is focused around the south end of campus. Free parking is available in the nearby west, southwest, southeast and east parking lots. View full campus map (PDF).

    Sculpture Guide


    Untitled, 1974
    By Don Williams
    Wood, 7'7" x 7'
    Donated by Susan and Robert Pumford

    Don Williams was a student at Delta College from 1965-1968. He enjoyed a long career as an art teacher in Saginaw. The piece is made from seven different kinds of wood and will be resurfaced and maintained as needed by Delta College's construction students.

    About the artist


    Ripples, 1996
    Designed by Susan Pumford
    Created by Jeff Kuch
    Steel, 10'7" tall
    Donated by Susan and Robert Pumford

    Susan Pumford utilized her love of artwork to design this piece and worked with Jeff Kuch of Saginaw, who applied his knowledge of metal and welding to create this sturdy piece.

    About the artist


    Untitled, 2009
    By Mark Burrows Morley
    Steel, 4' tall
    On loan from Sage Morley

    The winds of Higgins Lake and the Great Lakes can be seen in the sails of this piece by lifelong Saginaw resident Mark Morley. He loved sailing's challenge and the camaraderie he found on the open water. This piece was unfinished and untitled at the time of his passing in 2011.

    About the artist


    Unfolding Arch, 1999
    By Russell Thayer
    Aluminum, 9’6" x 10'10"
    Commissioned by the Delta College Humanities Division, with the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Peter B. Frantz, Mrs. William Pochelon and Mr. & Mrs. J.P. Reinhard.

    Russell Thayer designed this as a learning experience for advanced art students to assist in the construction, and they were able to work with him throughout the entire creative process. Mr. Thayer retired from Delta College in 1999.

    About the artist


    Currents, 2011
    Commissioned by Delta College and designed by JJR of Ann Arbor
    Wind elements created by Lyman Whitaker
    Donated by the Anderson family of Bay City

    The wind elements are fabricated out of copper and stainless steel. The design permits the elements to be responsive to the currents of the wind, allowing changing forms to emerge in a slight breeze, yet balance in high winds. The weathered color palette of rust, brown tan and green are all elements of the applied patina.

    About the artist


    Inside My World, 2011
    Designed by Susan Pumford
    Created by Jeff Kuch
    Steel, 3' ring inside 4' ring
    Donated by Jeff Kuch and Susan and Robert Pumford

    Utilizing stainless steel, welder Jack Kuch created this work to Susan Pumford's original design. The surface has been sanded and coated for durability. The two rings site on a base of triangles to reflect a "delta" and Delta College's service to its three county region – Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties.

    About the artist


    Strum, 2007
    By John Sauve
    Steel, 8' x 40" x 70"
    Donated by Steve Prue

    John Suave creates pieces that are composed of figures with strong vertical and horizontal objects, and are often painted in bold primary colors. A key element to his sculpture is the shadow that causes his work to change shape as the view moves around it.

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    Blackhawk, 1972
    By Alan Paulsen
    Bronze and steel, 10' x 4'
    Donated by Sharon and Louis Arnold

    Blackhawk was created in the early 1970s in Paulsen’s Linwood, Michigan workshop for the Blackhawk Lounge in Bay City. This exterior sculpture matched one hanging in the main dining room.

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    Monarch Mound


    Monarch Mound, 2013
    By Shay Church
    Soil, gravel, native grasses and plants, 30' x 6'
    Made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

    Monarch Mound was created by artist Shay Church as an earthwork to attract and assist Monarch butterflies in their annual migrations to and from Mexico. Planning is underway to have the site registered as a Monarch Waystation through the non-profit organization Monarch Watch.

    About the artist


    Gilardone, 2011
    By Emmanuel Rodriguez
    Steel, 13' x 14" x 20"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $9,000

    The artist said, "My sculpture examines the relationship between fixed form and movement: each sculpture attempts to suggest the transformation that is possible."

    About the artist


    Cochon Rouge, 2011
    By Sophie Marie
    Steel, 6' x 23"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $11,000

    The artist said, "The properties inherent in the material I have chosen guide me in my development of each piece. Size, surface, texture and patina must combine to create balance, making the piece visually and spatially engaging."

    About the artist


    Wind’s Wings, 1982
    By Russell Thayer
    Cor-Ten steel, 20' high
    Donated by Russell Thayer

    The sculpture represents clouds rising over high mountain peaks, like wings of the swirling winds. The top shape represents the clouds gathered, perched on a column of rising heat and air.

    About the artist


    Celebration, date unknown
    By Verna Bartnick
    Steel, 5' x 3'
    Donated by Susan and Robert Pumford

    The sculpture focuses on the positive aspects of the circle. In art, architecture, dance and nature, a circle can show how lives connect. With the passage of time, we continue to intersect as we approach eternity.

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    Walk and Reach


    Walk and Reach, 2013
    By Delta College students under the direction of Instructor Ben Clore
    Concrete, variable 24-36" x 7'
    Made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

    In Walk and Reach the legs symbolize the different ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds of Delta College students. These students are reaching to achieve various goals as reflected in the arms that surround the piece.

    About the artists


    Vivando, 2010
    By Ron Gard
    Cor-Ten steel, 14' x 3' x 2'
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $26,000

    The artist's imagination is led into places of discovery, mystery and pleasure in this piece. Motivation comes from the way shapes relate to each other and the tension in a negative space.

    About the artist

    Jazz Man


    Jazz Man, 2013
    By Ferris State University students under the direction of Professor Robert Barnum
    Steel, 3' x 3' x 7’
    Made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

    The organic figure forms present the power of music and dance. The sculptures are designed to cast shadows that are as compelling as the formal order of the figures themselves.

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    Significant Body, 2011
    By Kansas Williams
    Steel plate, 7' x 40"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $15,000

    With sculptures part of his everyday life growing up, the artist has developed a three dimensional vocabulary, rather than verbal, to elaborate in his works.

    About the artist


    Tussle, 2009
    By Ted Garner
    Steel, 16' x 13" x 29"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $42,000

    The artist said, "My aim in making art is to combine the power and aesthetics of my Native American heritage with modern techniques, theory, materials and world art history."

    About the artist


    Revolver, 2011
    By Richard Mutt
    Steel I beam, 8’ x 20” x 48"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $9,500

    The artist said, "History is constantly repeating itself and the more that we try to distance ourselves from the past, the more we are bound to it in the future."

    About the artist


    Dancer, 2007
    By Eric Stevenson
    Welded stainless steel, 12’6" x 10’ x 10’
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $27,000

    Focused on the abstraction of the human form, this graphic silhouette captures the body in motion. The intentions of a figure are revealed and are adorned with additional industrial artifacts such as bolts and tubes that tie it to the industrial age.

    About the artist


    Position, 2009
    By Dusty Folwarczny
    Salvaged steel, 8’6" x 2’6" x 2’6"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $14,000

    The artist sees a scrap pile of steel as a puzzle to be solved. It's an incredibly strong material with a raw textured surface, which can lead to beautiful shades of orange as it rusts.

    About the artist


    Darn, 2011
    By Terrence Karpowicz
    Granite/steel/polymer, 8' x 29" x 29"
    Traveling exhibit
    Purchase price: $31,000

    Created with actual or implied kinetic relationships among irregular, organic materials and machine-tooled geometric shapes of steel. The ways in which disparate materials interact with each other define the artist's life and relationship with the world.

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    Vicinity, 2013
    By Ryan Klotz and Scott Garrard
    Wood and concrete, 10' x 18'
    Made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

    Vicinity implies structural relationships through materials and environmental interactions

    About the artists

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