The instruments that make up Pedro Reyes' Imagine project are on display at the Istanbul Design Biennial until December 12th
Pedro Reyes was offered to keep 6,700 weapons that had been confiscated in Ciudad Juarez and use the metal to create art
Over the last six years, there have been 80,000 deaths by gunshot in Mexico
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's Imagine project transformed weapons into musical instruments
The project was inspired by Pallas por Pistolas, which recycled 1,527 weapons into shovels in the city of Culiacán
The shovels made from weapons were used to plant 1,527 trees in Culiacán's botanical garden
Decommissioned weapons are usually destroyed, but a Mexican artist decided to do something more creative and life-affirming with a stockpile given to him. Earlier this year, Pedro Reyes recycled 6,700 confiscated guns into musical instruments for a project called Imagine. Revolvers, shotguns and machine guns previously used to kill became 50 wind, percussion and string instruments. They are currently on display at the Istanbul Design Biennal as part of Adhocracy exhibit.
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