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.