Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Police Officer Memorial

 

Title: Police Officer Memorial
 Artist: Jesus Bautista Moroles
 Date: 1990
 Type: Monument
 Medium: Chiseled Granite
 Location: Buffalo Bayou Park

The Houston Police Officer Memorial is a public recognition of the sacrifices made by police officers as they carry out their duties and, in particular, those who have died in the line of duty. It is the location for an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony honoring them. It is laid out in the form of a 120’ by 120’ Greek cross with a stepped pyramid in the middle. A reflecting pool is surrounded by pink granite slabs incised with the names of over one hundred fallen police officers. Officers guard the monument all day and night.

Fundraising began for this monument in 1985. It was installed in view of Memorial Drive in 1990. It was given to the city by Houston Endowment, the Wortham Foundation, the Linbeck Foundation, the Knox Foundation, the Cullen Foundation, Fayez Sarofim and Company, the Rockwell Fund, the Brown Foundation, the M.D. Anderson Foundation, the Scurlock Foundation, Neva West, and Albert and Margaret Alkek.

Jesus Bautista Moroles designed the monument. He has an international reputation for abstract, chiseled granite sculptures and contrasting polished surfaces with rough-cut ones. His background includes studies in Italy. He was born in Corpus Christi in 1950 and maintains a studio in Rockport. He was the recipient of the prestigious Awards in the Visual Arts fellowship in 1982. Moonscape Bench in Hermann Park marks a stark contrast in Moroles’s work in Houston.

Art In Parks is Funded by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance