Pedro Reyes Turns Guns Into Musical Instruments

Pedro Reyes Turns Guns Into Musical Instruments.

I thought this was truly a unique idea and send a clear message to people about how something that causes so much hurt can bring so much joy… take a page out of his book NRA. The guns of northern Mexico have found a new purpose instead of causing so many more deaths they are now making music. Mechanical hammers ping against once used ammunition magazines from assault rifles, while gun barrels cut to different lengths ring like marimbas and pistol parts strike metal plates like cymbals. Sculptor Pedro Reyes told the Associated Press that “it’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons, as if a sort of exorcism was taking place.”He continued to say,”the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.”

The title of the project is called “Disarm” and he had the opportunity to choose from 6,700 guns that were seized or turned in by the army and police in Ciudad Juarez, a city that sees 10 killing a day in a population of 1.3 million people. The city had a murder rate of 230 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the nationwide rate for the U.S. was 4.8 for the year. Reyes said in an interviews while demonstrating his instruments that,”the dramatic thing is that this is just the tip of the iceberg of all the weapons that are seized every day and that the army has to destroy.” Reyes was well known already for his 2008 project called “Palas por Pistolas,” or “Pistols to Shovels,” where he used melted down weapons to make 1,527 shovels same as the number of weapons and planted the same number of trees. The new project began last year as Reyes explains,”normally, they bury or destroy them, but someone who works in the government said, `Would you be interested in making a sculpture with this metal?'” Reyes hopes to take his message global,”this project has a pacifist intent, to create a global consciousness about arms trafficking.”

Violence has become a theme in Mexican art as another artist, Teresa Margolles, uses artifacts collected from crime scenes from the violence plagued state of Sinaloa. The reason behind Reyes musical sculptures are explained,”It occurred to me to make musical instruments, because music is the opposite of weapons. This exercise of transformation we see with the guns, is what we would like to see in society.”

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My favorite piece I have done. It’s called Polar Slip and Slide. It’s part of my 3D postcard painting collection. Come read about it here

Great Quotes I Found on BrainyQuote.com

I’m  quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all  walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or  anything, have one primary concern – mankind.
Chico  Hamilton

In the studio, I don’t do a lot of work that requires repetitive activity. I spend a lot of time looking and thinking and then try to find the most efficient way to get what I want, whether it’s making a drawing or a sculpture, or casting plaster or whatever.
Bruce Nauman

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
Frank Stella

You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture.
William Shatner

Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.
Pablo Picasso

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.
Pablo Picasso

Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Camille Paglia

Custom 3D Postcard Paintings Instructions: A Paint and Sculpt By Numbers Guide

1) Gather the materials you will need to complete the project I have provide a recommended list: canvas, air dry clay, paint brushes fat and thin, super glue, paint primary colors plus black and white or whatever colors you want if you don’t want to mix them, sealer, pallet or paper plate to mix color, cup for rinsing brushes preferably one dedicated to this (do not drink out of it), clay tools, pencil either black or white to draw your design on the canvas plus an eraser, old towel to dry brushes, plastic bag preferably a Ziploc bag gallon size

2) First get your pencil, eraser and canvas plus your reference material i.e. magazine or internet

3) Come up with an idea for your masterpiece either from flipping through a magazine or surf the web and save the pics to your computer as a reference.

4) Once you have your materials then sketch your design (only need a rough sketch) onto your canvas and think about what element you want to pop out the most that will be your sculpt.

5) After you sketch your design onto the canvas, then begin to sculpt your 3D element you picked to emphasize on your painting. I recommend using a Ziploc bag to put your canvas in and sculpt on top of he bag so you can get the size and dimension right plus you keep your canvas clean and you can easily peel off the piece without breaking it. Once sculpted follow the direction to dry. Dry time varies depending on how thick you made your sculpt. My sculpt will take 3 to 4 hours, but you can use polymer clay and dry in the oven much quicker.

6) While your sculpt is drying, you can begin to paint the background with your design remember to use  your reference pics you saved to paint to make it easier for you.

7) Once your sculpt is dry then paint it and let that dry. After it dries and you are satisfied with it, then super glue it or use a strong adhesive to your painting where you want it so it can dry.

8) Finally once everything is dry and secure you can varnish or seal it with whatever you want and let that dry overnight.

9) Voila! You have your very own masterpiece and 3D postcard painting. Leave a message on the back and surprise your friends and family with this unique gift.

To see more of my creations please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenGardenInspiration Make it your own! Come up with the idea and let me use my imagination to take it to the next level.