Horses of Honor: Public Art Installation Honors Chicago Police Fallen Heroes

Horses of Honor:  Public Art Installation Honors Chicago Police Fallen Heroes
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy at a Tuesday press conference announcing 'Horses of Honor' photo credit: Jessica Tezak / Chicago Tribune

Horses of Honor, 50+ life-size statues of Chicago Police Horses, decorated by local and international artists, will soon be be on display along the Mag Mile and other prominent area locations.

Although it looks like a lot of fun, these equines serve a purpose.  Unlike the controversial Marilyn (Monroe) statue of a few years ago, that showed a lot of skin but did little else, this new art installation is one that should make all Chicagoans proud along with raising funds to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.*

The program is designed after the popular Cows on Parade public art installation that began on the streets of Chicago in 1999 and has since traveled the globe bringing in over $25 million for nonprofit organizations.

Each individually designed horse will honor a fallen hero of the CPD remembering him/her with a plaque bearing their name.

The horse statues can be sponsored at a cost of $2,500 for a Checkerboard Sponsorship, $3,500 for a Gold Star Sponsorship, or with a customized sponsorship from $10,000. To learn how to donate or sponsor a horse, click here.

A white, unadorned horse made an appearance Sunday at the Police Memorial at Gold Star Park near Soldier Field. Photo; Chicago Tribune

A white, unadorned horse made an appearance Sunday at the Police Memorial at Gold Star Park near Soldier Field. Photo; Chicago Tribune

Designed to resemble Chicago’s Mounted Patrol Unit horses, the Horses of Honor are scheduled to begin popping up in early September and will remain in place through November 2014. The "Horses" will then be available at auction, date TBA.

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A prototype of a Horse of Honor

*The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation was established 10 years ago to provide support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

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