City of Minneapolis honors artist Aldo Moroni

Updated: December 13, 2019 06:04 PM

A local artist has had a big impact in the Minneapolis art community for decades, and on Friday, city leaders celebrated him with an honorary resolution.

Dozens of people packed city hall to support Aldo Moroni. The artist came to Minneapolis in the 1970s.

"You have made me what I am, if I had any successes at all or if I made anything that is meaningful to anyone, it's because of the community that I am a part of. I am quite sure if I had not come to Minnesota, none of this would have been possible," said Moroni.

"The unique thing about his art is while it's predominantly buildings, you somehow find this way of making it about people and community," said Mayor Jacob Frey.

Moroni is known for sculpting small-scale civilizations. He worked with the city and Marcy-Holmes neighborhood creating Sixth Avenue Stroll. It's a two-block, open-air gallery of 23 bronze sculptures.

Today, Moroni faces terminal pancreatic cancer, but he told the crowd Friday, that won't stop him.

"I am not at all worried, and you shouldn't worry either. It's going to be a beautiful ride. It's going to be okay, but it's BYOB at the final memorial," said Moroni.

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