Hump Day Unusual Moment

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes on his project “Imagine,” in which he has converted a variety of guns into musical instruments: “‘Imagine’ is a set of 50 musical instruments fabricated out of destroyed weapons – revolvers, shot-guns, machine-guns, etc. This work is a progression of ‘Palas por Pistolas’ (2008), where 1527 weapons were melted and made into the same number of shovels to plant 1527 trees. In April this year I got a call from the government who had learned about ‘Palas por Pistolas.’ They told me a public destruction of weapons was to take place in Ciudad Juarez and asked me if I was interested in keeping the metal, which would otherwise have been buried as usual. I accepted the material but I wanted to do something new this time. 6700 weapons, cut into parts and rendered useless, were given to me, and I set out to make them into instruments.”


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