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Delta Sculpture Walk

Delta Sculpture Walk


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 Sauve at 734-819-3456.

Sculpture 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


Bird's Nest, 1980
By Pamela Stump Walsh
Bronze and white granite, 7'3" tall
Commissioned by Patricia Turnbull Shek

Proficient in a variety of media, Pamela Walsh specialized in the creation of expressive bronze castings. Due to Pam’s special connection to the Great Lakes Bay Region, her friend Patricia Shek decided to donate the piece to Delta College.

About the artist


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

The winds of Higgins Lake and the Great Lakes can be seen in the sails of this unfinished piece by lifelong Saginaw resident Mark Morley. He loved sailing’s challenge and the camaraderie he found on the open water.

About the artist


Unfolding Arch, 1999
By Russell Thayer
Aluminum, 9'6" x 10'10"
Sponsored by: Mr. & Mrs. Peter B. Frantz, Mrs. William Pochelon and Mr. & Mrs. J.P. Reinhard

Russell Thayer designed this as a learning experience for Delta’s advanced art students to assist in the construction, and they were able to work with him through the entire creative process.

About the artist


Currents, 2011
Commissioned by Delta College
Designed by JJR of Ann Arbor
Wind elements by Lyman Whitaker
Donated by the Anderson Family of Bay City

The wind sculptures are fabricated out of copper and stainless steel, which respond to the currents of the wind. The weathered color pallet of rust, brown, tan and green are all elements of the applied patina.

About the artist


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

Utilizing stainless steel, welder Jeff Kuch created this work to Susan Pumford’s original design. The two rings sit on a base of triangles to reflect Delta and its service to its three-county region.

About the artist


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

John Sauvé creates figures with strong vertical and horizontal objects in bold primary colors. The shadows from this work change shape as the viewer moves around it.

About the artist

Monarch Mound


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, MI workshop for the Blackhawk Lounge in Bay City. This exterior sculpture matched one hanging in the main dining room.

About the artist


Monarch Mound, 2013
By Shay Church
Soil, gravel, native grasses and plants, 30' x 6'

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.

About the artist


Rising Up, 2016
By Delta College students directed by Benjamin Clore
Cedar, copper and iron, 6'6" x 6'8" x 6'5
2016 Delta College Sculpture Competition winner

The students of ART 222 created this piece to represent the pathways and journeys faced as college students. Each beam, like each student, is unique and goes in a different direction, but they all rise upward.

About the artist


Wind's Wings, 1982
By Russell Thayer
Corten steel, 20'
Donated by Russell Thayer

The sculpture represents clouds rising over high mountain peaks that seem to be 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.

About the artists


Walk and Reach, 2013
By Delta College students directed by Benjamin Clore
Concrete, 24"-36" x 7'

The students of ART 222 created this piece. Legs symbolize the different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds of Delta students. The surrounding arms reflect reaching to achieve various goals.

About the artist


Gete’ Ookomisan, 2016
By Jason Quigno
Pink granite, 8'6"
Commissioned by Delta College Foundation

Gete’ Ookomisan means “Ancient Grandmother” in Ojibwe, and is a representation of an Anishinaabe (original people of the Great Lakes) Kwe (woman). This sculpture represents the strength, beauty, wisdom and care of not only the Anishinaabe women, but women of all ethnicities.

About the artist


Jazz Man, 2013
By Ferris State University students directed by Robert Barnum
Steel, 3' x 3' x 7'

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.

About the artist


The Guardian, 2016
By Gilberto E. Franco
Steel, 11' x 6'
2016 Delta College Sculpture Competition Winner

Gilberto E. Franco is a descendent of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, and this piece represents that tribe and community. Mother Earth and Father Sky come together to bring attention to all the change that is happening in the world we live in.

About the artist


Dancer, 2007
By Eric Stevenson
Stainless steel, 12'6" x 10' x 10'
Made possible by Delta College contributers

This graphic silhouette captures an abstract body in motion. The figure is also adorned with additional industrial artifacts, such as bolts and tubes, that tie it to the industrial age.

About the artist


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 artist


Bridges, 2016
By Freeland High School students directed by Tamara Klida
Wood, 8' x 4' x 5'
2016 Delta College Sculpture Competition Winner

The artists studied various bridges in Michigan and used patterns they saw across the state. Not only do bridges connect us to other places, but also they represent stability and connection.

About the artist

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