Towering hollyhocks highlight Garden of Lights

The Hollyhocks, a trio of upright flowering stalks sparkling in pink and green LED lights and standing nearly ten feet, highlight this year’s Garden of Lights.

Created by local artists Josh Jones & Antonio Vazquez of Gallegos Sanitation, the custom-welded trio of Hollyhocks will glow at The Gardens through January 7.

The sculpture stands nearly ten feet tall at its highest point and was made from 100% recycled steel, consisting of scrap sheet metal used to create the petals and leaves, and the “stakes” of the flower are made from old GSI polycart trash can axles. Volunteers at the Gardens meticulously threaded LED lights throughout the sculpture to give it sparkle.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked for a fourth year in a row to create the annual flower sculpture (for Garden of Lights). I appreciate that Gallegos Sanitation encourages me to utilize my creativity while at work to produce recycled-art that benefits our community’s enjoyment of the holiday season,” said Jones.

The Hollyhocks join the Gardens’ other sculptural flowers created by Jones since 2014: the Daffodils, Coneflowers, and Columbines.

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