Investing in art

Phil Niemesto sits next to a statue of him created by Marquette artist Earl Senchuk. The statue resides in the Washington Street pocket park named after Phil. (Photo by Tom Buchkoe)

By Jackie Stark

Umbrellas hung up along Marquette’s Rosewood Walkway. A statue honoring Father Marquette, an old legend, and one honoring Phil Niemisto, a modern one. Benches painted with different designs. Bike racks shaped like bicyclest that create unique shadows on the ground. Murals in windows and on the sides of businesses.

Public art in the City of Marquette is alive and well, and now, thanks to a newly adopted Public Art Policy, it will remain that way far into the future.

The City Commission unanimously adopted the policy during a late September meeting with no discussion (after more than a year’s work, it seemed no more discussion was needed), except for Commissioner Mike Conley, who was the city’s liaison on the task force.

“We have public art—we’re just having a formal policy to establish it and then funding it,” Conley said. “It makes our community stronger. It makes us more attractive to our guests and to our residents yet helps us grow economically. This is an investment and not an expense.”

Conley thanked the commission and city staff at the end of the meeting for help bringing the policy to fruition….

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