POLICE MEMORIAL BATTERY PARK CITY
The 'New York City Police memorial' located in Battery Park
City was dedicated on October 20, 1997.
The Battery Park City Authority formed two committees in 1989
in order to create a "memorial fountain." The memorial
committee composed of various NYPD groups, chose the location
of the future memorial. The design committee culled the 180 submissions
from an open competition down to thirty entries, at which time
the two committees jointly chose five finalists. Each finalist
was asked to develop their proposal and construct a model design.
The contract was awarded to architect Stuart B Crawford in September
of 1990. Mr. Crawfords' description of the memorial appears below.
The life of the police officer is represented by a fountain
and a flume. The fountain represents the rookie police officer's
first day and serves as the genesis of the memorial. The linear
flume acts as the time line and flows over the split face bottom.
The water then passes through a slot in a granite wall, representing
the day of death, and falls into a shallow pool.
The death of the police officer is commemorated in an outdoor
room defined by two parallel granite walls and depressed thirty
inches below the esplanade. This helps to isolate a 'place' which
elicits contemplation and reflection from the more active nature
of the surrounding context. A wall along the western edge holds
the names of the officers and dates on which they were killed.
Constructed of green granite, the stone is rendered with a split
face finish facing outward and polished surface facing inward
reinforcing the sacred nature of the space. The north-south axis
is defined by a bench at one end and niche with dedication plaque
at the other. The Water in the pool has a temporal quality, as
the water is drawn down, the pool floor is revealed as a series
of granite cobbles laid out in a radiating pattern. Outside the
room three flagpoles stand as sentinels.
The Police Memorial is located at Liberty Street and South End
Please stop by the next time you are in the area!
The LBA has a fresh wreath placed at the memorial every Friday
during the summer.
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