The men and women who work to keep Cedar Park safe are going to be recognized with a bronze statue outside the city’s police department.
City Council voted 6-0 at their Thursday meeting to enter in an agreement with Idaho-based artist Daniel Borup for for $72,000 to commission the statue.
Proposed designs indicate two figures, a male firefighter and a female police officer, on top of a raised platform in the department's plaza at 911 Quest Parkway. Attached to the sides of the raised platform are three plaques in memory of police officers William Laws and Leonard Reed and volunteer firefighter Wayne Buford, who were killed in the line of duty, according to city documents.
“We’re off to a good start with a female statue, maybe we’ll get more,” said Place 3 council member Anne Duffy.
The monument will likely be unveiled in the fall along with the completion of the police department’s current expansion project, said city spokesperson Jennie Huerta.
“We don’t have a firm date, but fall of 2018,” she said. “It could move with the construction timeline and the completion schedule of the artist.”
The commission will be paid for through the Police Department Expansion Project budget, and no additional funding is anticipated to be needed.
Borup's past works include several public art installations, including a sculpture at a fire station and a city hall sculpture in Meridian, Idaho.
“While we currently have art that depicts a wide variety of subjects, from members of the armed forces, to children, to abstract figures, the City does not have any art dedicated to public safety,” said project manager Kimberly Reese.
A subcommittee consisting of members of the PACE Board, the Fire Department and Police Department previously issued a call for art proposals and received a total of 18 entries.
The subcommittee reviewed the submissions and ultimately decided on Borup.
The statue will be the latest in a growing permanent public art collection around town at locations such as Cedar Park Sculpture Garden, the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, the Library, Veterans Memorial Park, and Milburn Park.