Gold Star Park is a memorial site to the fallen Chicago Police
Officers, which is located on the south end of the lake front path between
Soldier Field and Burnham Harbor. Within the five acre site there are three
types of unique spaces, the front entry (which actually occurs at both the
North and the South end), four Nodes which identify a different values that
Chicago police officers behold (Honor, Courage, Family, and Service), and the
sacred Sacrifice Space, which holds the names of all the fallen officers.
The lighting for the entry spaces starts by effectively
uplighting the large scale, checker board pattern vertical sculptures which
bring height and presence to the park. Behind the sculptures sits a low
circular wall that encloses a small forest of trees. Small ground mounted
adjustable accent fixtures glow the inner circle of the wall to create a warm
surround for the trees at night.
The lighting for the nodes include white LED paver fixtures to
accent the circular motion of the nodes and the special meaning behind the
words engraved on the surface (Honor, Courage, Family, and Service). The end
caps of the nodes hold a blue LED paver light to signify the “thin blue line”
path that leads viewers from one node to the next.
The Sacrifice Space holds
the most dramatic lighting for the project with one single inground low voltage
fixture uplighting each panel inscribed with the police officer’s names. The
wall of names is again in a circle to instill a sense of warm light on the
walls to create a candlelight effect for the viewers. This is contrasted by the
cool color temperature metal halide uplights that illuminate the trees
surrounding the space.
CLIENT: CITY OF CHICAGO
ARCHITECT: WOLFF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
LIGHTING DESIGN: CHARTERSILLS