​​​​​​​​Phoenix Police Academy Monument​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Joe Tyler
DATE:   2003
LOCATION:  Phoenix Police Academy, 10001 South 7th Avenue​
TYPE:   Sculpture
MATERIALS:   Steel, Stone
BUDGET:   $60,000
DISTRICT:   8​
ZIP CODE:   ​85041​


​​Tyler's piece consists of a tall, steel obelisk with a masonry base.  The four sides of the obelisk feature cut out images of the Phoenix area and range in subject matter from the urban skyline to the natural desert landscape.  These images glow at night due to a soft light that shines from within the obelisk. The masonry steps comprised of native stone and flagstone from northern Arizona is incorporated with the words PRIDE, HONOR and INTEGRITY.  These textual elements remind the many public safety officers who re-enter the Academy for annual training, as well as the general public, of the guiding values of the Phoenix Police Department.  The end result is a gateway marker that reflects the function of the Police Academy, celebrates the Sonoran Desert setting of the facility, and states that visitors have arrived at a place of great importance.