Houston Police Officer's Memorial

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Houston Police Officer Memorial
Houston Police Department memorial.jpg
Western View of the Memorial
Coordinates 29°45′53″N 95°22′36″W / 29.764628°N 95.376712°W / 29.764628; -95.376712
Location Houston, Texas
Designer Jesus Bautista Moroles
Material Granite
Length 120'
Width 120'
Height 12'-6"
Opening date 1991
Dedicated to Houston Police Department Fallen Officers

The Houston Police Officer Memorial is a piece of public art erected in Houston in 1991 to recognize the sacrifices made by city police officers and to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The monument is a large-scale granite sculpture by artist Jesus Bautista Moroles.

Memorial[edit]

The piece is set as a 120' by 120' Greek cross with a stepped pyramid and sunken courtyard at its center.[1] The apex of the center pyramid is 12.5' above ground level.[2] The top of the pyramid contains a pink granite reflecting pool engraved with the names of over 100 officers killed in the line of duty.[3][4] The stepped pyramid is surrounded by four inverted stepped pyramids.[5] The memorial is continuously guarded by police officers.[4] There is an annual ceremony held at the memorial to honor the fallen police officers.[2]

Houston Police Officer Memorial reflecting pool at dusk

History[edit]

Fundraising for the sculpture began in 1985.[4] Numerous patrons contributed to the sculpture fund, including the Knox Foundation, the Cullen Foundation, the Fayez Sarofim and Company, the Rockwell Fund, the Brown Foundation, the M.D. Anderson Foundation, the Scurlock Foundation, the Neva and Wesley West Foundation, and Albert and Margaret Alkek.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Artist," Morales.com, Accessed June 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Police Officer Memorial," City of Houston, Accessed June 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Houston Police Officer’s Memorial," CultureMap: Houston, Accessed June 18, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Police Officer Memorial". Houston Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Pugh, Clifford. "Jesús Moroles, creator of beloved Houston granite sculpture, is killed in auto accident," CultureMap:Houston, June 16, 2015. Accessed June 18, 2015.