SEEDS is a non-profit educational community garden in Durham that teaches respect for life, for the earth & for each other through gardening & growing food. Bronx native, long-term Durham resident, community activist, and artist Michelle Gonzales-Green was commissioned by SEEDS to add a gate to the community garden at the DIG (Durham Inner-City Gardeners) market garden. She teamed up with local Sculpture Studio & Foundry, Liberty Arts, to make that dream become reality.
This May, Michelle, assisted by high school seniors and SEEDS DIG employees Andresha McPhaul and Lawrence Fields, Jr. has been stopping by the Liberty Arts Studio at 923 Franklin Street. They have been plasma-cutting, welding and creating a large entrance gate that will soon be installed in the newly erected Cobb Wall that SEEDS recently added.
Michelle designed the gate, and Andresha and Lawrence put their stamp on it.
Jackie MacLeod, metal artist at Liberty Arts, fabricated the metal frame to support the piece, and was on hand to help with advice.