In the state of Arizona the governor just signed into law an order banning confiscated or surrendered guns from being destroyed. One solution: turn them into art.
Liz Klimas ----- The Blaze
Disarm: Transforming Guns into Art, from Mexico to the U.S.
By Pedro Reyes ---- Creative Time Reports
This project, Palas por Pistolas, developed in response to a situation that has only gotten worse. Over the last six years, more than 70,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related violence. There are now voluntary gun donation campaigns throughout the country. People are eager to clean out the huge number of weapons that Calderón’s presidential term brought. But we can’t stop the flow of guns on our own: we need change within the United States.
As it stands now, the United States is an extremely dangerous neighbor. It’s impossible to buy a weapon in Mexico; there are no armories here. But with such lax gun laws across the border, drug traffickers only need to take a short drive to Walmart or any other of the nearly 7,000 gun retail shops along the U.S.-Mexico border.
To get to the root of the cartel wars, the United States will need to end its War on Drugs.
For my latest project, Disarm, I have taken guns seized by police in Ciudad Juárez and turned them into musical instruments: guitars, drums, marimbas and so on. I think about Disarm as a form of exorcism, expelling a demon that has overtaken the body. In the United States, demons of war and violence possess the social body. There are 89 guns for every 100 citizens in the United States. The country spends more than the next 13 nations combined on its military. You have to defeat and tame the demon before you can expel it. In the instruments I’ve built from guns, the weaponry appears intact—though, of course, it is no longer functional—so that people still have to deal with this demon.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. -Isaiah 2:4
The familiar Bible verse is repeated in the book of Micah. There are those who are doing just that, whether they draw inspiration from Isaiah or simply from a desire for peace and a safer world.
"I felt I should be part of shaping peace. And of course, we find in the book of Micah, and the book of Isaiah, where it says they will turn their swords into ploughshares, and people will sit under their trees and nothing will frighten them." Anglican Bishop Dinis Sengulane. "Episode 98 - Throne of Weapons - transcript". A History of the World in 100 Objects. BBC, October, 2010.
from: Inspiration Green