Phil statue to make debut in Marquette next week

Oct 12, 2017

MARQUETTE, MI--   The likeness of a beloved member of the Marquette community will be unveiled downtown next week. 

Phil Niemisto

A statue of Phil Niemisto will be placed in the Pocket Park on Washington Street.

The 87-year-old Niemisto has been cleaning the windows of downtown buildings and tending flowers in the park for years. Thanks to a GoFundMe page, enough money was raised to commission local artist Earl Senchuk to create a life-size statue of Phil to put on a bench among the flowers.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is hosting an unveiling ceremony Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Phil Niemisto Pocket Park. The public is invited to attend.