About

Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is an out-of-doors art tour, free to the public, dedicated to showcasing work by talented poets and artists with ties to the state of Michigan. Part nature walk, part meditative footpath, part art installation, the tour presents a unique physical space for poetry and a serene setting for sculptural work on consignment. Located in Brighton, Michigan, Oaken Transformations is invested in broadening an already growing arts community in Southeast Michigan.

The art walk features renowned sculpture and juried poetry on a half-mile, gently wooded trail in Brighton, Michigan. We have woods and meadows and wetlands and all the nuance in between that could be said to represent post-glacial / post-industrial / southeastern Michigan woodland & with remnants of the rural: in these we begin to explore the many ironies and multi-faceted expressions of the state. If you lower your head to the ground you'll hear an old, strong, wet & windy pulse.

Most of the sculptures here are on consignment, on year-long installations, while the poetry will remain indefinitely.

We are a public art walk open every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We do not charge admission.

The Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk is generously funded by Dr. Fredric Bonine.
Events
Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk hosts regular events, from open houses to poetry readings to individual artist shows. Additionally, we hold poetry competitions and open submission periods for poetry for the art walk.

You can check our website or Facebook page for current events, contests, calls for sculpture, and open poetry submission announcements.
Educators
Oaken Transformations is invested in our local communities and their youth. With ties to the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Michigan State University, we have the capability of working together with local schools to help bring teachers and their students to the art walk to tour the beautiful grounds and experience art and poetry firsthand. With two Masters of Fine Arts graduates from the University of Michigan on-site, we are also able to assist with planning an educational visit, teach a poetry lesson, and otherwise custom-fit your visit to best serve the needs of your teachers and their students. Additionally, some funds are available to assist with transportation costs. We are actively seeking teacher involvement from area schools, and will be announcing poetry contests for students with the beginning of the upcoming school year.

Please contact us if you are interested.
The Bonine Experience
Could art contribute to better health outcomes? Does a person’s healthiness consist of just the physiological symptoms or should their mental and emotional health also be looked after? What if health-care was about the body and the mind? What if a doctor’s office also rendered health to the employees who spend their days there? What if a doctor began to merge—to un-compartmentalize—the passions that fueled his science? Why not art and surgery? Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry is an answer to these and many more questions—just one more aspect of the Bonine Experience.

Experience the Transformation at Oaken Transformations.