Phil Niemisto statue revealed in downtown Marquette

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Tuesday was the big reveal of the statue honoring Phil Niemisto in Marquette. The statue is the work of local artist, Earl Senchuck.

It honors Niemisto, who’s volunteered for decades, keeping downtown Marquette neat and tidy.

Before the reveal, the mayor and several other city officials shared warm remarks for Niemisto.

The artist behind the statue said it’s been a good three months working on the project.

“There was no procrastinating at all. It was literally get up in the morning and work until seven or eight o'clock every night,” Senchuck said. “It's the first time I've ever done a human sculpture, life-sized. It was my first time using epoxy so it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it. It was a tremendous challenge.”

This is the first piece of public art for the city. The city named the pocket park after Niemisto back in 2009.

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