Okay right, this is the story of one of the fucking nicest things ever. So I’m in Bodrum in Turkey, and my dad gives me some money to get some grapes. I’m not usually the fruit loving type but these grapes (Still with the seeds in them) were amazing, really REALLY firm and juicy and tasty.
So I go up to the stall to buy some and the Turkish guy who sells them he gives me like one and a half times the amount I paid for and then he starts telling me how he loves sharing fruit with people from all over the world because it’s the ultimate gesture of peace and friendship. Because when you eat fruit and share it with others you are all dining off the earth and it reminds us that we’re all part of the same big thing and we’re not that different no matter what country we are from. He said that me and him were now friends even though we didn’t know each other and that we would never see each other again, because everybody on the planet should consider each other a friend.
I can’t remember exactly what he said but that was the gist of it, I wish I could remember exactly what he said because it was easily one of the most profound things I have ever heard in my life. I shook his hand and said goodbye, he was one of the loveliest people I have ever met.
This got to me a bit.
Artist Fabricates 50 Functional Instruments from Destroyed Drug War Weapons
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 last month. Via his blog Reyes says:
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.
Surprisingly this is not the artists first project involving the reuse of guns. Back in 2008 he was provided with 1,527 destroyed weapons which he melted down to build shovels to plant 1,527 trees as part of his Palas por Pistolas project. If you liked this also check out the work of Al Farrow. (via my amp goes to 11)