May 8, 2013
Hope Gardens, a new public art project that provides gates and fences for three community gardens at the Matthew Henson / HOPE VI Housing Community, will be dedicated at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The garden is located adjacent to the Senior Living Apartments at Henson Village, 1045 S. Eighth Ave.
The gates and fences were created by Valley artists John Randall Nelson and Joe Willie Smith, who worked with community residents to design the public art. Drawing on a shared passion for renewing the old, the artists built the improvements with sculptural concrete fence posts and steel forged from recycled garden tools and salvaged industrial parts. The cast concrete posts also include household mementos contributed by community residents.
The public art project was commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program with percent-for-the-art funds from the Housing and Water departments’ capital programs.
Established in 1986, the Phoenix Public Art Program has created more than 170 major projects, involving artists with communities to design and build better city buildings and public places. For more information, visit phoenix.gov/arts.