Here’s a story about turning devices of death, into instruments of inspiration.
Pedro Reyes, who lives in Mexico City salvaged 6,700 guns, knives, firearms & weapons which had been seized by local authorities and were scheduled to be buried and discarded. So what do you do with that amount of metal, tin and steel? If you’re Reyes, you create a project called Imagine & reach out to 6 talented musicians to transform the objects from instruments of death, to instruments of entertainment. Over 14 days, they chopped, sized, welded, hammered and moulded different weapons into 50 workable instruments.
Here’s what Reyes had to say of the project on his official blog:
It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost. [...] This is also a call to action, since we cannot stop the violence only at the place where the weapons are being used, but also where they are made. There is a disparity between visible and invisible violence.
The nearly 80,000 deaths by gun-shot that have occurred in Mexico in the last 6 years, or the school shootings in the US are the visible side of violence. The invisible side is that one of gun trade-shows, neglecting assault rifle bans, and shareholder profit from public companies. This is a large industry of death and suffering for which no cultural rejection is expressed. Guns continue to be depicted as something sexy both in Hollywood and in videogames; there may be actors who won’t smoke on the screen, but there has not been one who would reject the role of a trigger-happy hero.
Enjoy his remarkable & ingenious work below.