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Chicago Sun-Times: Horses On Parade: Statues To Honor Fallen Police Officers, Raise Money


A herd of horse statues — each honoring a police officer killed in the line of duty — will take up residence this fall on sidewalks all over the downtown area.

The equine invasion is part of fundraising effort by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which raises money for the families of slain Chicago police officers.

Each life-size horse — there will be about 100 total — will represent an officer killed in the line of duty.

They will be painted with unique designs chosen by businesses that sign up to sponsor a horse, at prices beginning at $2,500.


Chicago Tribune: Public Art Display Of Horse Statues To Honor Fallen Officers


Charity that provides financial support to injured Chicago police officers and the families of those killed in the line of duty will install as many as 100 life-size horse statues throughout downtown Chicago this fall, organizers said Sunday at an event honoring fallen officers.

The program is modeled after the Cows on Parade public art installation, which began in Chicago in 1999 and has since traveled the globe, raising more than $25 million for nonprofit organizations.

The horse sculptures, manufactured at a Logan Park statuary, are designed to resemble Chicago’s Mounted Patrol Unit horses. Each will be decorated by a local artist and named for a fallen officer, according to organizers. The sculptures will be placed at tourism destinations, corporate atriums, parks, plazas and private businesses from September through November.


DNAinfo: Canaryville Artist Tapped to Contribute to ‘Horses of Honor’ Project


BRIDGEPORT — For Erika Vazzana, the call to participate in the city’s newest public art project didn’t come straight from the horse’s mouth.

Instead, it came from a representative of the marketing agency facilitating the project, which asks local artists to paint 50 fiberglass replicas of the police department’s mounted horses that’ll be placed along the Magnificent Mile and auctioned off to raise money for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

The statues will be on display through the end of November as part of the “Horses of Honor” initiative benefiting the memorial foundation, which gives money to the families of fallen officers, supplies college funds for their children, and helps pay for rehabilitation and other necessary care for officers who survive injuries in the line of duty.