Kaleva, Michigan: Giant St. Urho Grasshopper

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Walta St., Kaleva, MI
West edge of town. From 9 Mile Rd turn north onto Walta St. Drive two blocks. The grasshopper is on the west side, just north of Sampo Ave.
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Giant St. Urho Grasshopper
18 feet long and well-done. Built in 2000 out of scrap metal to honor St. Urho, who drove the grasshoppers out of Finland and saved the grape crop. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Grasshopper sculpture.

Grasshopper Sculpture

Grasshopper Sculpture of Kaleva, Michigan, one of the best welded-junk sculptures I've seen. It's very competently and neatly produced, more than just an oddity. It was built by a local high school teacher and his students. It represents a grasshopper featured in Finnish legend..... Kaleva was settled by immigrants from Finland. The thing stands about 4 feet high at the head.

[Sarah Spooldripper, 08/14/2004]
St. Urho Tribute - Giant Grasshopper

In town is a giant grasshopper made from scrap metal by a neighboring high school shop class. It is in honor of St. Urho's Day, March 16, when St. Urho drove the grasshoppers out of Finland, thus saving the grape crop. Kaleva is a word of Finnish origin.

[Kristen Kreiner, 01/27/2001]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bottle HouseBottle House, Kaleva, MI - < 1 mi.
Yellow DinosaursYellow Dinosaurs, Bear Lake, MI - 9 mi.
Gravity Hill - Church MagnetGravity Hill - Church Magnet, Malcolm, MI - 13 mi.
In the region:
Shrine of the Pines, Baldwin, MI - 36 mi.

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