117. Solitary Gardens
117. Solitary Gardens

Solitary Gardens turns solitary confinement cells into garden beds that are the same size and blue-print that inmates in solitary confinement spend decades in. The contents (plants, flowers and herbs) of the prison-cell-turned-garden-bed are designed by prisoners serving their sentences in isolation through proxies on the outside. Central to this project is a call to end the inhumane conditions of solitary confinement, simultaneously inspiring compassion necessary to dismantle systems of punishment and control.

Artist: jackie sumell
Founded: 2016
Location: New Orleans, LA
Image Credit: Solitary Gardens

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