01 Dec '12, 12pm

Guns to Drums: An Orchestra Made of Old Weapons

Guns to Drums: An Orchestra Made of Old Weapons

© Istanbul Design Biennial . Part of a drum kit by Pedro Reyes. The sound of gunshots has been transformed into the sound of music in Mexico's Ciudad Juárez, where artist Pedro Reyes turned 6,700 confiscated weapons into a complete orchestra of fully playable musical instruments. Reyes, who is based in Mexico City, worked with a group of six musicians to turn revolvers, shotguns, and machine guns into 50 wind, percussion, and string instruments, a project he calls "Imagine ." Video: Pedro Reyes on Vimeo . "The task was challenging but they succeeded in extracting sounds," Reyes writes on his website. "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." Pi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/guns-drums-orchestra-ol...

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