Kaleva, Michigan: Big Grasshopper Sculpture

Big and well-done. Built of scrap metal in honor of St. Urho, who drove the grasshoppers out of Finland and saved the grape crop. Or not.
Walta St., Kaleva, MI
Take 9 Mile Rd into town, turn north onto Walta Ave. At Sampo Ave. on west side of the road.
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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]

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