[QODLink]
Americas
US artist takes aim at confiscated weapons
After a personal tragedy, one LA artist is turning confiscated firearms into artistic sculptures.
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 12:33

Thousands of illegal weapons are recovered in the United States every year, and by law they should all be destroyed.

The guns are supposed to be molded into steel reinforcing bars, to be used in building roads and bridges.

In Los Angeles, however, not every confiscated weapon gets thrown into the incinerator: some find their way to Victor Hugo Zayas, who transforms them into works of art.

He has convinced the LA Police to let him have some of the illicit guns, after a personal tragedy became an inspiration.

The finished sculptures are on display in the Laguna Art Museum.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles, in the United States.

112

Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to hear genocide charges for targeting ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims.
join our mailing list