ARTIST: Otto RiganDATE: 1994LOCATION: City Hall Plaza, 200 W. Washington St. TYPE: Memorial and SeatingMATERIALS: concrete, Arizona sandstone, cast glass, bronze, landscaping, lightingBUDGET: $300,00DISTRICT: 7ZIP CODE: 85003
The Phoenix Public Employee Memorial is the site of an annual ceremony – usually in February – honoring City employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The outer memorial wall – made with stacked, rough-hewn stones, is nine feet high and two feet thick. It encloses a courtyard space that is fifty feet around. 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 of sandstone and glass. Sixty feet long and seven high, the inner wall contains five sweeping tiers of solid cast glass bricks engraved with the names and department of fallen employees. Rigan designed the semicircular seating across from the bricks as a place for visitors to sit and think of those the memorial honors.