Mr. and Mrs. Chemo - sculptures made out of chrome bumpers - mean so much to Chris Hall since her husband, Jerry, died.

Jerry Hall completed the 8-foot-tall pieces of art in May while undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Mr. and Mrs. Chemo are among more than 60 sculptures Jerry completed over decades that grace the family yard at 1402 E. Water St., at the corner of North Highland Avenue. The neighborhood is north of East Grant Road and west of North Campbell Avenue.

Jerry created the chemo couple during his treatment, even though he was experiencing extreme fatigue and other side effects.

Jerry was diagnosed last Christmas Eve with the cancer, and he died on Oct. 19 at home. He was 65.

"Mrs. Chemo has a heart-shaped body, and Mr. Chemo has tears coming down, and he has his hands on Mrs. Chemo's shoulders," said Chris, 67.

"Jerry was very touched and in wonderment about the disease itself," Chris said. "He wanted people to see how heart-wrenching the disease is and how people evolve through it."

She said Jerry had dwindled down to 100 pounds. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

His work had sold over the years, but most of what he created stayed in his yard - an outdoor gallery designed to make people smile.

Chris plans to keep the sculptures because they are a part of Jerry.

The artwork includes robotic figures; musicians jamming on a guitar, banjo and trumpet; and an army of warriors. The sculptures have been videotaped and photographed by University of Arizona art students and by motorists who frequently stop to take in the show.

Jerry and his sculptures were shown on the Discovery Channel's "Offbeat America," and they also were featured in "Weird Arizona" by Wesley Treat.

He and Chris would hunt through junkyards for metal and vehicle bumpers so Jerry could transform the metal into art. Jerry, a former heavy-equipment welder who worked in copper mining in the Green Valley area for 16 years, dabbled more in his art after he was laid off.

"Jerry was a rogue who took great pride in his work," Chris said about the self-taught artist, who moved here from Provo, Utah, in the 1970s. "He did not do the fine arts, but he did what he enjoyed and loved."

He kept on creating his beauty even after he began his own landscaping business - Jerry Hall's Landscaping - two decades ago. Five years ago, the name changed to Let the Wind Blow Landscaping. Chris and Jerry's son, Shayne Hall, plan to keep the business going.

On Feb. 25, which would have been Jerry's birthday, Chris plans to sprinkle his ashes among his sculptures - that's what Jerry wanted.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at 573-4104 or cduarte@azstarnet.com

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