The Physical Memorial
Descriptive text and a Sillitoe Tartan, evoking policing, edge the path leading visitors towards the Memorial space.
The space is entered through a tall doorway supporting a brass screen. The doorway represents a ‘threshold’ – the threshold to a different space and ‘the dangerous places where Police go’.
Leaf-shaped apertures represent service, sacrifice, and particularly, lives lost: Absence. The brass will weather while the gilt edges remain bright, and as the sun shines the paved surface will be lit by this gilded absence.
A leaf-shaped stage has been created to allow for ceremonies to take place. When fundraising allows, walls will be added which can be engraved with the names of officers and staff who have died of injuries sustained in the conduct of their duties.
Open lawn space allows people to gather for ceremonies and services. Occasional bench seating provides intimate, reflective spaces, tucked onto and backed by the slopes and ring of trees.
Raised edges to the sunny circular glade surrounded by a bold and simple ring of trees impart a sense of enclosure and protection, the glade itself edged and embraced by the wilder more natural wooded part of the arboretum.