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Mundelein man wants to recognize police department with public art

Jack Forshaw has presented proposal Mundeleofficials for display bronze statues police statialong Lake Street. | Courtesy Jack Forshaw.

Jack Forshaw has presented a proposal to Mundelein officials for a display of bronze statues at the police station along Lake Street. | Courtesy of Jack Forshaw.

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Updated: July 20, 2013 6:18AM

A Mundelein man wants to bring a long-awaited civic art display honoring police service to the village.

Jack Forshaw is recruiting a committee to organize a fundraising campaign for three bronze statues near the police station.

“The men and women of the Mundelein police department — they’ve been watching over this community for 100 years,” Forshaw, 70, said. “It’s about time we do something for them in recognition.”

Forshaw, who’s lived in Mundelein for 40 years, presented a proposal to the village board Monday, June 10. Initial plans call for a 6-foot, 1-inch statue of a police officer holding the hands of two children.

Forshaw has solicited sketches from two different forgeries and estimates the cost of the project at roughly $55,000.

He envisions the series of statues, dubbed “The Protector,” illuminated at night along heavily-traveled north Lake Street on the southwest corner of the police station property — the “perfect spot.”

“The statues that he presented I think were very attractive and I think would enhance the hometown feel we have in Mundelein, Mayor Steve Lentz said. “It would certainly add to the beauty of downtown.”

Forshaw, a Lake Forest High School graduate, criticized the absence of public art in the downtown.

“Mundelein is just so in need of this, and this will be the first step towards other public art,” said Forshaw, suggesting murals or Adirondack chairs decorated by area artists. “It shows a certain amount of sophistication in the village.”

Forshaw, now retired, used to work in distributions for a public utility company. He hopes to raise donations from area companies that could receive models of the statues customized with their names.

Forshaw said he’s looking to partner with the village and would issue quarterly updates on the progress of the project.

He hopes for a May 2014 unveiling when law enforcement officers are celebrated nationally each year.

“Hopefully there’s enough municipal spirit in town for people to say, ‘Yeah this is a great idea,’” he said.

Anyone interested in the project can reach Forshaw at (847) 566-0334.

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