City leaders award $50,000 contract for LEC lobby sculpture

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A bronze statue of a kneeling policeman in a Hutchinson Police Department uniform will be added to the redesigned lobby of the Law Enforcement Center this fall.

Hutchinson Police Chief Jeff Hooper presented a proposed contract for the artwork to the Hutchinson City Council on Tuesday, which unanimously approved awarding a contract to Thomas Jay Warren, of Rogue River, Oregon, for $50,000.

The life-sized statue will be on an 18-inch tall pedestal, so, though the officer is kneeling, it will be at eye level for the viewer, Hooper said.

While in bronze, the statue will have a blue patina to appear like the local uniforms, and the silver-gray badge and arm patch will also match what local officers wear. The officer’s duty belt and equipment will be molded from originals and exactly reproduced, Hooper said.

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