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Weapons Turned Into Musical Instruments.

Since 2008, the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has been turning to weapons as a means to deal with crime in his native transforming them into objects of social commitment. he began working with shovels for uns, a campaign that invites citizens of the western Mexican city of Culiacan - a city known for high rates of deaths related to firearms -. illegal weapons voluntarily donate rewards in the form of coupons redeemable at local stores for appliances and electronics, where given to those who did.
1527 guns collected were then crushed by steamroller, melted in a foundry and given to a major hardware be cast into
blades which were then distributed to a number of institutions for adults and children to participate in the 1527 trees brushing action. his latest project "Imagine" is a set of 50 musical instruments also manufactured a variety of firearms such as handguns, shotguns, pistols, etc. Students commissioned machine. The company evolved from a simple phone call he received from kings government he had learned about guns shovels and informed by the artist who would be a public destruction of weapons that take place in Ciudad Juarez. asked if he wanted to keep the discarded metal that otherwise would be buried. armed with 6700 pieces, in the course of two weeks, in collaboration with six musicians, confiscated weapons transformed into a fully functioning orchestra, including a flute, guitar and drums. subject of musical destruction are on display as part of the "adhocracy" exhibition, curated by Joseph Grima in Istanbul Design Biennial 2012.



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