Posts tagged weapons
8:53 am - Fri, May 30, 2014
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gardensinunexpectedplaces:

In the Palestinian village of Bilin — near the West Bank city of Ramallah — residents have planted flowers in hundreds of spent Israeli tear gas grenades collected after clashes with Israeli security forces.

The garden is “meant to show that life can spring from death.”

(Via The Associated Press: West Bank garden of tear gas grenades. Photo credit: AP Photos/Majdi Mohammed.)

Gotta say this is a special addition to the Unconsumption archive of weaponry repurposing examples

12:20 pm - Fri, Mar 28, 2014
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The US military is still inundated with obsolete and unusable ordnance from as far back as the beginning of the Cold War. But rather than simply dispose of these old bombs by, say, blowing them up, one enterprising design studio is transforming them into helpful house wares.
Created by Stockpile Designs of Brooklyn, NY, the Megaton floor lamp utilizes the hand-polished casing of a Korean War-era 100-lb kinetic bomb seated 42 inches above the ground on a narrow stand—its explosive guts replaced with coax-wiring for its dual-bulb socket. 

(via The Megaton Floor Lamp Is Built from a Real Bomb)

The US military is still inundated with obsolete and unusable ordnance from as far back as the beginning of the Cold War. But rather than simply dispose of these old bombs by, say, blowing them up, one enterprising design studio is transforming them into helpful house wares.

Created by Stockpile Designs of Brooklyn, NY, the Megaton floor lamp utilizes the hand-polished casing of a Korean War-era 100-lb kinetic bomb seated 42 inches above the ground on a narrow stand—its explosive guts replaced with coax-wiring for its dual-bulb socket.

(via The Megaton Floor Lamp Is Built from a Real Bomb)

12:20 pm - Tue, Jul 2, 2013
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"Disarm" [uses] the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed.
The series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.
These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

More: Pedro Reyes - Artist

"Disarm" [uses] the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed.

The series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.

These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

More: Pedro Reyes - Artist

2:00 pm - Tue, May 14, 2013
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Guitar designer and builder Jimmy DiResta has turned an AK-47 assault rifle into a completely functional guitar for rapper Wyclef Jean.

(via AK-47 Assault Rifle Turned Into a Functional Golden Guitar)
10:42 am - Mon, Nov 26, 2012
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Singapore-based Saught is a social business that aims to create an international community of advocates through its collaborative model, championing for peace building efforts.
It produces jewelry from landmines and unexploded ordnance to support sustainability in post-conflict countries such as Cambodia.

(via Jewelry Made From Landmine Shrapnel - PSFK)

Singapore-based Saught is a social business that aims to create an international community of advocates through its collaborative model, championing for peace building efforts.

It produces jewelry from landmines and unexploded ordnance to support sustainability in post-conflict countries such as Cambodia.

(via Jewelry Made From Landmine Shrapnel - PSFK)

8:42 am - Tue, Nov 20, 2012
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Artist Pedro Reyes, who turned 1,527 weapons into 1,527 shovels to plant 1,527 trees — a project covered on Unconsumption here in 2010 — continues to convert Mexican drug-war weapons into art:

As part of his latest project Imagine, Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried (as is customary in mass weapon disposals) and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico. The numerous firearms were cut down, welded and formed into a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments over a period of two weeks … .

(spotted on Colossal here)
More on Reyes’ blog here.

Artist Pedro Reyes, who turned 1,527 weapons into 1,527 shovels to plant 1,527 trees — a project covered on Unconsumption here in 2010 — continues to convert Mexican drug-war weapons into art:

As part of his latest project Imagine, Mexico City based artist Pedro Reyes acquired some 6,700 weapons that were scheduled to be buried (as is customary in mass weapon disposals) and instead collaborated with six musicians to create 50 working instruments as part of a statement regarding increased gun violence in Mexico. The numerous firearms were cut down, welded and formed into a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments over a period of two weeks … .

(spotted on Colossal here)

More on Reyes’ blog here.

4:05 pm - Thu, Mar 31, 2011
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Bomb planter, by Joe Norman (of Blue Boat Home Design), who says:

I have chosen to use things that already exist (wooden pallets, bomb fins, and bike gears, for example) to make meaningful stuff that helps people gather together and understand each other. Reclaimed materials have a rich story to tell through their previous purposes, battle scars, and worn patinas.

This October 2010 Shelterpop post about zero waste includes a good mention of Joe and his work, in addition to Boris Bally (we highlight his work here).
Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weapons, bullets, and gun parts here.

Bomb planter, by Joe Norman (of Blue Boat Home Design), who says:

I have chosen to use things that already exist (wooden pallets, bomb fins, and bike gears, for example) to make meaningful stuff that helps people gather together and understand each other. Reclaimed materials have a rich story to tell through their previous purposes, battle scars, and worn patinas.

This October 2010 Shelterpop post about zero waste includes a good mention of Joe and his work, in addition to Boris Bally (we highlight his work here).

Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weapons, bullets, and gun parts here.

5:00 pm - Wed, Mar 9, 2011
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From time to time we’ve noted instances of repurposed weaponry on this site. I don’t suppose you actually have a lot of old weapons cluttering your home. I just think these instances are kind of cool — and that it’s striking how many there are. Here’s another:

Rabidiga’s written an Instructables HOWTO explaining how to make a pan  flute out of bullet shells of varying size: “I came up with this for a  contest being held over at www.wastelandoutpost.com where we were to  build a post apocalyptic musical instrument for under thirty dollars.  Being the cheapskate I am I made this one from scraps lying around the  house, though to buy the stuff new it would still be under $10.”  Bullet Shell Pan Flute

HOWTO make a bullet-shell pan flute - Boing Boing

From time to time we’ve noted instances of repurposed weaponry on this site. I don’t suppose you actually have a lot of old weapons cluttering your home. I just think these instances are kind of cool — and that it’s striking how many there are. Here’s another:

Rabidiga’s written an Instructables HOWTO explaining how to make a pan flute out of bullet shells of varying size: “I came up with this for a contest being held over at www.wastelandoutpost.com where we were to build a post apocalyptic musical instrument for under thirty dollars. Being the cheapskate I am I made this one from scraps lying around the house, though to buy the stuff new it would still be under $10.” Bullet Shell Pan Flute

HOWTO make a bullet-shell pan flute - Boing Boing

9:42 am - Thu, Dec 16, 2010
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Repurposing weaponry, post 2 of 2:
Septimus turns vintage leather ammunition pouches from WWI and WWII into rugged watch straps.
(spotted on Facebook, thanks to Olivier Blanchard)
Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weapons, bullets, and gun parts here, here, and here.

Repurposing weaponry, post 2 of 2:

Septimus turns vintage leather ammunition pouches from WWI and WWII into rugged watch straps.

(spotted on Facebook, thanks to Olivier Blanchard)

Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weapons, bullets, and gun parts herehere, and here.


9:28 am
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Repurposing weapons, post 1 of 2:
From bombs to bracelets: 

Elizabeth Suda’s company, Article 22, is named after Article 22 in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fittingly her products are the antithesis of the fashion industry’s factory-produced wares.

To make her peaceBOMB bracelets, Suda works with artisans in Laos to collect and melt down metal from bombs dropped by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. In effect, she’s giving Americans (and others) the opportunity to “buy back the bombs.” 
(via Article 22’s Bracelets Made from Bombs — GOOD)
Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weapons, bullets, and gun parts here, here, and here.

Repurposing weapons, post 1 of 2:

From bombs to bracelets: 

Elizabeth Suda’s company, Article 22, is named after Article 22 in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fittingly her products are the antithesis of the fashion industry’s factory-produced wares.

To make her peaceBOMB braceletsSuda works with artisans in Laos to collect and melt down metal from bombs dropped by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. In effect, she’s giving Americans (and others) the opportunity to “buy back the bombs.” 

(via Article 22’s Bracelets Made from Bombs — GOOD)

Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed weapons, bullets, and gun parts herehere, and here.

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.

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.

7:55 am - Mon, Oct 25, 2010
Repurposing weapons, part 3 of 3: Marinemine - The Mine furniture

Chair made of full size naval mine. Wheels have bearings and are from Wermacht’s armoured vehicle.

This is the last of a series of three posts all via this Metafilter item.
Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed bullets and gun parts here and here.

Repurposing weapons, part 3 of 3: Marinemine - The Mine furniture

Chair made of full size naval mine. Wheels have bearings and are from Wermacht’s armoured vehicle.

This is the last of a series of three posts all via this Metafilter item.

Previous Unconsumption items on repurposed bullets and gun parts here and here.

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