A concrete water wall with stainless steel screens and flowing water creates ever-changing images for those who visit the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park. The five-acre park was built to pay tribute to more than 520 police officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty since the Chicago Police Department was formed in the 1830s.
The Gold Star Families Memorial and Park design of the water wall echoes the look of the park’s entrance pylons and the iconic checkerboard pattern used on the hat band of Chicago police officers’ uniforms. Sixteen large stainless steel screens are spaced in a checkerboard pattern in front of the poured concrete wall. The water flows behind the screens, seen only in the perforations.