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Sculpture Walk

The Delta Sculpture Walk is a free, outdoor collection of works showcasing multiple styles and media by various artists. All works may be experienced 365 days a year – without the need for an appointment. It encourages intellectual conversation, illuminates the creative process and provides an aesthetic environment for everyone to enjoy.

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.

Sculpture Map

Sculpture Walk 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.

Sculpture Guide

  • My Delta Experience

    1. My Delta Experience, 2018

    By Don Williams
    Cedar and stainless steel, 9' x 3'
    Donated by Don Williams

    Don Williams was a student at Delta College from 1965-1968. This work pays tribute to retired Delta Art faculty Charles Breed and Russell Thayer. Williams recreates the original Delta College logo of a white pine tree and three taproots circling the tree, symbolizing the tri-counties.

  • Ripples

    2. 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.

  • Bird's Nest

    3. 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 Stump Walsh specialized in the creation of expressive bronze castings. Due to Pam’s special connection to the Great Lakes Bay Region, her friend, Patricia T. Shek, decided to donate the piece to Delta College.

  • No Way Out

    4. No Way Out, 1974

    By Alan Paulsen
    Designed by Susan Pumford
    Steel and copper enamel, 4' x 4'

    During his lifetime, Alan Paulsen was well-known in the region for his ability to masterfully shape copper and brass to express dynamic abstract and literal interpretations. No Way Out was one of the final pieces he completed at the age of 29, based on Susan Pumford’s vision for the piece.

  • Shek Family Children

    5. Shek Family Children, 1958

    By Pamela Stump Walsh
    Bronze 2' 8" x 2' 5"
    Commissioned by Patricia Turnbull Shek

    Pamela Stump Walsh captures Peter, Eugiene and John Shek at play in their Saginaw home. Dr. John L. Shek was a gifted, highly respected cardiothoracic surgeon. Pamela Stump Walsh illustrated some of his complex cases for publication in medical textbooks.

  • Untitled

    6. 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.

  • The Juggler of Notre Dame

    7. The Juggler of Notre Dame, 1966

    By Pamela Stump Walsh
    Bronze 5' 6" x 4'
    Commissioned by Patricia Turnbull Shek

    Patricia T. Shek pioneered many arts and humanities initiatives in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Pamela Stump Walsh was a pioneering artist- in her use of welded designs, and founding the sculpture studio at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mrs. Shek was an early supporter of Ms. Walsh, and requested this creation from a beloved story by Anatole France.

  • Unfolding Arch

    8. Unfolding Arch, 1999

    By Russell Thayer
    Aluminum, 9'6" x 10'10"
    Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Frantz, Mrs. William Pochelon and Mr. and 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.

  • Currents

    9. 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 palette of rust, brown, tan and green are all elements of the applied patina.

  • Inside My World

    10. Inside My World, 2011

    Designed by Susan Pumford
    By Jeff Kuch
    Steel, 3' ring inside 4' ring
    Donated by Jeff Kuch and Susan and 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.

  • Strum

    11. 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.

  • Blackhawk

    12. 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.

  • Rising Up

    13. Rising Up, 2016

    By Delta College students
    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.

  • Wind's Wings

    14. 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.

  • Celebration

    15. 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.

  • Torii V, 1981

    16. Torii V, 1981

    By Russell Thayer
    Aluminum, 31” x 29” x 7”

    Delta College art faculty member Russell Thayer created this piece in memory of fellow faculty member Don Laughner.  “The piece was designed to be in constant motion reflecting Don's innovation.”

    Laughner was an inspirational leader, a teacher, Math division chair, dean and senate president Family and friends also established an annual employee award in his memory to honor creative change at Delta College.

  • Walk and Reach

    17. Walk and Reach, 2013

    By Delta College students directed by Delta College faculty
    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.

  • Gete’ Ookomisan

    18. 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 backgrounds.

  • Jazz Man

    19. Jazz Man, 2013

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

    The organic figure forms represent 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.

  • The Trophy

    20. The Trophy, 2022

    By Marguerita “Rita” Greve
    Bronze, with a brown patina, 80” x 45”
    Enlargement by Isaac Dell
    Foundry:  Michigan Art Castings

    Greve originally created a 12 -nch tall trophy, awarded annually to an area high school by the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. It was intended to challenge area high school students to better themselves through competition with other high schools.  The four prominent figures appropriately represent various aspects of academics, including athletics, theatrics, reading and vocals.

  • Mayan Monumento a la Raza, 1989

    21. Mayan Monumento a la Raza, 1989

    By David Torrez
    Donation by Dr. John E. Vargas and Conce (Sam) and Carmen Olvera in memory of Luis Olvera
    Polished concrete, 63” x 24” x 7”

    Dedicated in September 1989, during Hispanic Heritage Month, this stone slab is called a “stelaes.”  It is similar to time markers erected by the Mayan culture to record historical events.  Each figure on the piece represents different aspects of Aztec (Mexica) culture.

  • Dancer

    22. Dancer, 2007

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

    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.

  • Sundial

    23. Sundial

    Artist unknown
    Unpolished granite, 36” square

    The sundial was created and installed at Delta College, in memory of Philip C. Dean, who had been a member of the Delta College Board of Trustees representing Bay County.  His wife, Ilau Dean, was a graduate of Bay City Junior College – Delta College’s predecessor – and they both had a strong commitment to education.

  • Bridges

    24. 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 observed 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.

  • Regina, a.k.a. Caryatid II, 1987

    25. Regina, a.k.a. Caryatid II, 1987

    By Susanna Linburg
    Donated by John A. and Judy Rapanos
    Bronze, 80” x 22” x 17”

    This piece was originally installed at Delta College’s Midland Center, which was designed by Alden B. Dow and Associates.  The facility on Wheeler Road was originally built as St. Regina, a private Catholic girls’ high school.  The sculpture was moved from its original site to main campus in 2022, after Delta opened its new Downtown Center.  The calm and queenly work is now located across Delta’s Covered Bridge. 

The 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 combination of private donations to the Delta College Foundation. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please call 989-686-9224.