- 2:26 pm - Thu, Nov 4, 2010
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1,527 weapons were destroyed and made into 1,527 shovels to plant 1,527 trees. Palas por pistolas, 2008–present; by artist Pedro Reyes.
The project was originally commissioned for the botanical garden in Culiacán, a city in western Mexico with the highest number of gun deaths in the country. In Culiacán Reyes spoke with many people who knew family members or others who had been shot. This prompted him to organize a campaign in cooperation with the city, collecting weapons in exchange for food stamps and melting the weapons into shovel heads to be used to plant trees in Culiacán and beyond, in this case, Marfa [Texas]. By removing the weapons from circulation and repurposing their materials, these “agents of death [are] turned into agents of life,” commented Reyes in Sculpture magazine.
(via In Lieu of Unity by Nancy Zastudil | ART LIES: A Contemporary Art Quarterly)
Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weaponry and gun parts here and here.