A few months ago, Buzzi Unicem USA, a cement distribution company at 643 W. Canal St., installed a 12-foot air tank on top of its 10-story, 110-feet-tall building.
"It was kind of an eyesore," says Matthew Stork, company manager. "But people also kept saying it kind of looked like a minion."
Stork decided to hire local artist Michael Cerda to transform the tank into one of the small, yellow creatures from the popular Universal movies "Despicable Me" and "Minions."
Around the same time, another Buzzi Unicem employee, Mark Megna, tragically lost his 9-year-old son, Sam, who was a big fan of the films. Stork is having a plaque made in honor of the child and will install it on the tank.
Cerda completed the Minion in mid-August and it immediately created local buzz because of its visibility from I-43 South.
"It started out as something funny and it is now also very meaningful," says Stork.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.