Public Sculpture Growing in South Haven

Updated: Apr 21

The last few years has seen the cultivation of a growing collection of downtown public sculpture created by Michigan artists for the South Haven Center for the Arts' Grow Your Own Sculpture program. Take a walk down Phoenix St. and you will see work near Black River Tavern, Great Lakes Eye Care, N&R Department Store, Johnny's Lakeside Jewelry, Clementine's, and Taste. Each conveys in its own unique way the natural landscape that defines South Haven and the Southwest Michigan coast as interpreted by these artists.


South Haven native Lou Rodriguez fabricated "A Moment of Joy" from steel and used color-shifting paints that shift from green to purple to blue depending on the viewing angle to mimic the iridescent quality of hummingbirds in nature.


Rodriguez took part in local art competitions while growing up in South Haven, and moved on to creating costumes and movie props as an adult. He participated in a local ice carving contest in 2009, and the experience sparked an interest in sculpture. A welder and st