The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, in conjunction with the Nevada School of the Arts, unveiled the beautifully crafted “The Route” poem scroll at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the LVMPD Headquarters. The scroll can be viewed alongside other LVMPD artifacts, art and memorabilia located at headquarters. The Route poem scroll will remain at headquarters before going on tour in 2019.
The poem, written by LVMPD Lt. Harry Fagel in response to the 1 October tragedy, has been elegantly transcribed by a calligrapher on a 48-inch long by 20.5-inch wide scroll, using India ink with flecks of 18kt gold. The scroll was commissioned by art collector and Nevada School of the Arts President and CEO, Patrick Duffy, who enlisted Tennessee calligrapher, Janet Kasper, to create the piece. To honor the 58 victims, she created the hand-written script on the scroll in 58 hours.
“Like many ideas, it begins when thinking of others, not of oneself,” said Patrick Duffy, Nevada School of the Arts President/CEO. “In our community there is a needed component of healing. That’s what this scroll and poem are essentially—healing—and we hope is what it will help bring solace to others.”
At the event, Lt. Fagel read the poem of “The Route” as the scroll was unveiled and presented by Duffy. Additionally, there was a special presentation of the metal sculpture “58 Rose,” by LVMPD Detective Darryl McDonald.
“While we will never forget the events of 1 October, we hope that together as a community we continue to honor those we lost and continue the healing process,” said Tom Kovach, Executive Director of the LVMPD Foundation. “The scroll is a beautiful dedication to those affected and a reminder of our city’s resilience.