Project Overview

Sparks - Hickory Hill Police Station

[the piece is] clear, strong, serious and still approachable, to mirror the important role the department plays in our community.
— Mark Nowell

Sparks, Mark Nowell’s large-scale carbon steel sculpture in front of the Police Department, references the official crest of the Memphis Police Department, which lists the commitments knowledge, courage, and integrity below the images of an eagle and the scale of justice. The emblem has been brought to life in jagged intensity. Its abstracted, tallest forms references the eagle, while three stars and a triangular scale allude to the qualities promoted by the Police Department.

According to Nowell, the work is intended to be “clear, strong, serious and still approachable, to mirror the important role the department plays in our community. The Police Crest is planned as a three-dimensional, outdoor steel sculpture with size proportional to the architecture and landscape environment.”

 

About the Artist

Mark Nowell

Since receiving his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Memphis, Mark Nowell has completed several works of public art for the City of Memphis and Memphis City Schools.  His large scale sculptures combine his interests both form and function.