The Mason County Sculpture Trail
Waterfront Park SculpturesThe five-acre Waterfront Park between the two Ludington marinas is a beautiful place to picnic, watch the carferry, or listen to music at the amphitheater. Over the past dozen years, sculptures have been placed throughout the park, each one telling a story of Mason County's past. They depict the lumbering era, farming, fishing, carferry history, and a past baseball team. Each one is so unique and a wonderful addition to this spectacular park. Read more about the Waterfront Park sculptures in downtown Ludington.
Sculptures Throughout Ludington
At the entrance to the Mason County Fairgrounds, US-10, Ludington, is the "Rearing Horse Memory Pole" sculpture. Also dedicated in 2012, this depicts the role that horses play at the fairgrounds...to the numerous horse shows throughout the summer and to the Caswell Horse Park within the fairgrounds.
In 2013, the Ludington State Park received a sculpture across from the park office. "Community Cooperative" is a charming depiction of a community of animals living in an old tree. It celebrates the wildlife that is in abundance at the park and around Mason County plus the beauty of nature. This sculpture was sponsored by John J. Helstrom of Muskegon and the artist was Colette Pitcher of Greeley, Colorado. With the addition of this sculpture, the Mason County Cultural Economic Development Task Force hopes that people may come to the park that might not otherwise. And those at the Ludington State Park may venture out to view the other sculptures in Ludington.
"Helping Hands," was created by Colette Pitcher and donated by Dr. Terry and Sandy Luxford. This sculpture. erected on the grounds of the Mason County Sheriff's Office, pays tribute to the law enforcement personnel who have served the citizens of Mason County.
The Village of Fountain has a sculpture at Heritage Park, depicting two horses pulling lumber. It was created by Rueban Llano of New Era, and is the first sculpture in the eastern part of the county.
"Ascent of Heroism" is found at the Veterans Mall at Stearns Park, donated by the family of the late Milan S. Reed. It depicts a person from each of America's wars. Sculptor Paula Slater created this sculpture, along with a bust of William "Bill" Charette, also located at Veterans Mall. Charette served in the Navy during the Korean War and received the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts.
A new sculpture is in the works for the village of Custer. Set to be placed just south of Mason County Eastern Schools, this sculpture will pay tribute to Johnny's Bandstand.
Several of the sculptures have scanner codes so people can use their smart phones to access information about each piece...making the journey on the Mason County Sculpture Trail that much more enjoyable. More sculptures are planned for the future in Ludington and surrounding communities.