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Saturday, 16 February 2013

LINK: Death metal: The Mexican artist who makes musical instruments from firearms


The guns that have caused so many deaths and wrecked thousands of lives in northern Mexico are now making music. 
Sculptor Pedro Reyes has taken hundreds of guns seized in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and transformed them into artistic musical instruments.
He has cut down gun barrels to different lengths to sound like marimbas while other pistol parts have been turned into cymbals. 

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Top gun: Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes pictured next to an instrument made out of used weapons that mimics the sound of a bass guitar
Top gun: Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes pictured next to an instrument made out of used weapons that mimics the sound of a bass guitar
Top gun: Pedro Reyes picked out the weapons he wanted to use in the project out of 6,700 guns that were seized
Top gun: Pedro Reyes picked out the weapons he wanted to use in the project out of 6,700 guns that were seized
Reyes said: 'It's important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons, as if a sort of exorcism was taking place.' When they were played, he said, 'the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.'

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