Duo chosen to build memorial
Dallas tribute to honor police killed on-duty

by Sally Claunch

Special to The Shorthorn

The Dallas Police Foundation has commissioned architecture Dean Edward Baum and Associate Professor John Maruszczak to build a memorial for officers killed in the line of duty. Baum said he was inspired by a memorial in Rome commemorating 300 people who were shot and killed by the Germans in World War II. "You're dealing with the dead in their world; they're not visiting you," he said. The memorial was originally slated to be built in May 1999. However, it is still in the design development stage and is scheduled to begin construction this May. In 1995, the Dallas Police Department received 15 entrants and judged designs for a memorial submitted from across the country. A Design Selection Committee, working with leaders in the design field, chose Baum and Maruszczak's design. Baum and Maruszczak will be collaborating with the Associated Architects of Oglesby-Greene. Maruszczak couldn't be reached for comment. Pat Taylor, director of Landscape Architecture, commented on the value of the memorial to the university. "The UTA School of Architecture is one of the best and a pleasant surprise," Dr. Taylor said. "The high quality of the faculty here is reflected in their work." The memorial will be built on a 1.81 acre triangular lot bordered by Marilla, Young and Akard streets in downtown Dallas, facing the flag poles at City Hall Plaza. In a press release, Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said, "The memorial is our gift of remembrance... a dramatic and inspirational tribute, located in the heart of the city." The memorial will have a stainless steel strip on the ground bearing the names and badge numbers of fallen police officers. The strip will be sand blasted, giving the steel a softer,

satin finish, Baum said. Another stainless steel strip will follow along overhead, illuminating the numbers with sunlight. After the numbers are stenciled into the steel, they will be taken out of the metal and mounted in glass and given to the officers' families. Baum said the abstract design gives the memorial a more universal appeal. It leaves much to the imagination, he said, and even the sun and weather will change the look of the sight to the individual viewer. He said the memorial will also demonstrate the relationship between ground and sky. "The memorial deals not with symbols, but with relics," Baum said. The memorial will feature sections of pavement from streets all over the city. Baum said the memorial goes out to the city, and pieces of the city go into the memorial. A grove of trees will be planted on the site. Each tree will represent one of the 68 officers slain since the Dallas Police Department began. In a press release, former police chief Billy Prince said, "This is a long overdue expression of gratitude and support from the people of Dallas." The project is budgeted for $1.25 million, and it has already been raised through private donations collected by the Dallas Police Foundation. The memorial will be built on city property, but the project will not be city funded. The Dallas Police Foundation will also be raising funds for the maintenance of the site after it is completed. The Dallas Parks Department will only care for the foliage on the memorial. Any tax-deductible contributions should be made to the Dallas Police Foundation, Inc. and sent to: Dallas Police Memorial, 3232 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75204-2429.