There is a new structure in our campus garden. Like most things around here, it has a story.
When our beans started to get gangly, our gardener Sam suggested we call his friend Lily Montgomery to help with a solution. She’s a metal artist at Sloss Furnaces, the landmark where she teaches a Summer Program for high school students. Each year, 21 kids from all around Birmingham spend 8 weeks learning about welding and making functional art. Lily spent two summers there as a student, and stuck around to share her passion with others.
For our bean trellis, Lily worked with Sam and the Stewart Perry team to design a structure that will become a living part of our garden. She wanted to keep it organic and cellular, but still functional.
To form our support, Lily welded small steel rods using an oxy-acetylene gas welder.
The result is a piece of art slight enough not to be visible from the road. As you approach the garden, the trellis lends structure and a little vertical beauty. We couldn’t be more pleased.