Artist Joaquin Cortez, in collaboration with Ray’s Pharmacy and the Dallas Police Department, unveiled a new sand sculpture in Mansfield, Texas this month to memorialize the Dallas police officers killed on July 7th, 2016.
The sculpture, located in front of Ray’s Pharmacy on Broad Street, features a bald eagle encircling the Dallas Police Department seal along with the names of each of the fallen officers.
Local sculptor Joaquin Cortez, the artist behind the statue, had recently finished a bald eagle sculpture in his hometown of Stephenville for the Fourth of July. By chance, the owner and general manager of Ray’s Pharmacy, Jeff Alsabrook, drove by and reached out to Cortez. Alsabrook wanted to create a memorial for the recently slain Dallas police officers, and offered space in front of the Ray’s Pharmacy location in Mansfield to host the memorial. Cortez was eager to donate his time and energy to the cause.
“It’s not really about business,” he says. “[The sculpture] is to support a cause, to help memorialize a tragedy.” According to Cortez, public reaction to the memorial has been very positive. “Everybody’s amazed and touched by it. Lots of pictures taken. The police have been coming by a lot,” he adds.
The sculpture took two weeks to complete, made entirely of sand donated by Texas Sand & Gravel. Cortez estimates that with the proper care, the memorial will last between six months to a year.
Slain officers represented on the monument include Patrick Zamarripa, 32; Lorne Ahrens, 48; Michael Smith, 55; Michael Krol, 40; and Brent Thompson, 40.
Check out more images of the sculpture below, as well as videos from news broadcasts highlighting Joaquin’s amazing sculpture.