​​​​​​​​​Phoenix City Hall

Public Employee Memorial​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Otto Rigan
DATE:   1994
LOCATION:  City Hall Plaza, 200 W. Washington St.
TYPE:   Seating
MATERIALS:   concrete, Arizona sandstone, cast glass, bronze, landscaping, lighting
BUDGET:   $300,00
DISTRICT:   7
ZIP CODE:  ​85003


​The Phoenix Public Employee Memorial can best be described as a relatively intimate space, protected by earth berms, a surrounding stone wall and mature desert landscape, neatly tucked into the middle of a very active public plaza.  The primary purpose of this space is to document those City employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  The outer cradle wall is nine feet high by two feet thick, rough hewn, stone wall that encloses a space fifty foot in diameter.  In shape and in texture, the dry-stacked sandstone wall appears much like a Hohokam or Anasazi ruin.  Cradled by this wall is an inner wall built of sandstone and glass.  This inner wall is 60 feet in length and 7 foot high, and supports five sweeping tiers of solid cast glass bricks on which the names and department of those employees who have lost their lives are engraved.  Facing the wall is a semicircular seating area designed to help shelter the central space of the Memorial and to act as a built-in bleacher area.