About a decade ago, artists Wallis Kendal and Sandra Bromley recycled some 7,000 weapons, including small handguns, AK-47s, landmines, shells and rocket launchers, into a sculptural installation called The Gun Sculpture. Just recently, the five-ton sculpture got a revived exposure at an exhibition entitled The Art of Peacekeeping. The sculpture was installed outside the United Nations complex in Vienna. It will be there until the end of July.
Having toured New York, Ottawa and Seoul, the sculpture has gathered enough written approbations from more than 150,000 people in recent years. Wherever it went, it encouraged people to chat about nuclear war, street violence and domestic violence.
Sandra Bromley says…
It is very gratifying when you make an artwork and it provokes people to challenge the accepted way of thinking. When you see them pulling over their friends and creating a dialogue – that’s the main purpose.
A mural of photographs, stories of victims of war, a blackboard and book are an inseparable part of the sculptural installation.
Via: UN News Centre