​​​​​Matthew Henson HOPE VI
Hope Gardens
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ARTISTS:  John Randall Nelson & Joe Willie Smith
DATE:  2013
LOCATION:  Sherman Street between 7th and 11th Avenues
TYPE:  Garden fence and gates 
MATERIALS:  Steel & concrete sculpture

BUDGET:  $240,000 
DISTRICT:  8
ZIP CODE:  85007


Hope Gardens, is a new public art project that provides gates and fences for three community gardens at the Matthew Henson HOPE VI Housing Community.

The gates and fences were created by Valley artists John Randal Nelson and Joe Willie Smith, who worked with community residents to design the sites. 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 Capital Programs.