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; -95.376712Coordinates: 29°45′53″N 95°22′36″W / 29.764628°N 95.376712°W / 29.764628; -95.376712
Location Houston, Texas, U.S.
Designer Jesus Bautista Moroles
Material Granite
Length 120 ft (37 m)
Width 120 ft (37 m)
Height 12.5 ft (3.8 m)
Opening date 1991
Dedicated to Houston Police Department Fallen Officers

The Houston Police Officer Memorial is a piece of public art erected in Houston, Texas, 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 Jesús Bautista Moroles.

Memorial[edit]

The piece is set as a 120 ft (37 m) by 120 ft (37 m) Greek cross with a stepped pyramid at its center. The arms of the cross are formed by stepped pyramids of equal size that are sunk into the ground.[1][2] Each pyramid is 40 ft (12 m) on each side, and the height of the center pyramid and the depth of the inverted pyramids is 12.5 ft (3.8 m).[3] 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.[4][5] A small version of the reflecting pool is located near the car park for those who cannot climb to the apex of the monument.[3]

The memorial is continuously guarded by police officers.[5] There is an annual ceremony held at the memorial to honor the fallen police officers.[3]

Houston Police Officer Memorial reflecting pool at dusk

History[edit]

Fundraising for the sculpture began in 1985. Patrons that contributed to the sculpture fund include 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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Artist," Morales.com, Accessed June 18, 2015. Archived February 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Pugh, Clifford. "Jesús Moroles, creator of beloved Houston granite sculpture, is killed in auto accident," CultureMap:Houston, June 16, 2015. Accessed June 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Police Officer Memorial," City of Houston, Archived May 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Houston Police Officer’s Memorial," CultureMap: Houston, Accessed June 18, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Police Officer Memorial". Houston Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 6 February 2013.