A memorial honoring first responders was officially dedicated on Dec. 20. The memorial, featuring statues of a firefighter and police officer, is installed in the front of the Cedar Park Police Department at the intersection of Quest Parkway and Discovery Blvd.
Approved by a unanimous vote of the city council last year, the monument honors fallen first responders firefighter James Buford (1972), Officer William Laws (1979) and Officer Leonard Reed (2010).
Idaho-based artist Daniel Borup was selected by the city in 2017 and given a $72,000 budget for the piece, paid for through the Police Department Expansion Project budget. The newly expanded police headquarters complex was unveiled on Oct. 26 after nearly a year’s worth of work at a cost of $4.3 million, according to city documents.
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,” project manager Kimberly Reese told the city council in 2017.
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 Cedar Park statue is just the latest in a growing permanent public art collection.