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CBS-2 Chicago: Alderman Tunney Sponsors Horse Statue for Charity

“CHICAGO (CBS) — Police departments across the country are under intense scrutiny after a series of violent confrontations between officers and citizens.

“But today, a 100 pound symbol of respect for the dangerous work of law enforcement arrived at the Chicago Police Department’s 19th district in Wrigleyville.

“It’s the work of a local artist, who walked CBS 2’s Jim Williams through her creative process. …”

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago police showcase latest mounted patrol grads


June 25, 2014

Wednesday’s ceremony also featured the unveiling of a public art installation featuring dozens of life-size, fiberglass statues of Chicago’s police horses, all sponsored by local businesses. They will be displayed at different locations downtown from Sept. 11 to November, Bauer said.

The horse statues, standing 6 feet tall, reflect the mounted police unit’s tradition of naming all its horses after fallen officers.

The statues, designed by local and internationally renowned artists, include a plaque recognizing the horse’s name, sponsor and artist.

For graduate Michael Burke, 39, it’s a tradition that makes the unit all the more valuable.
“Naming the horses after fallen officers is what shows good camaraderie,” he said. “And it really shows the history behind it.”


WGN: Artful horses honor fallen officers

10/9/14 — Downtown Chicago is being inundated with not painted ponies but painted horses as part of the city’s newest public art display.

They are to honor fallen police officers and help families move forward.

The program, called Horses of Honor, will help to provide support and assistance to the families of those men and women who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

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