Functional Musical Instruments Made From Destroyed Weapons

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes attempts to shock and awe by using guns as a medium:

Imagine is a set of 50 musical instruments fabricated out of destroyed weapons – revolvers, shotguns, machineguns, etc. This work is a progression of Palas por Pistolas (2008), where 1527 weapons were melted and made into the same number of shovels to plant 1527 trees.

A group of 6 musicians worked for 2 weeks shoulder-to-shoulder turning these agents of death into instruments of life.

LOL agents of death!  I’ve got to admit those guitars look and sound really badass.  A shame those weapons were ever destroyed in the first place though.

More pictures and information over at Pedro Reyes’ website.


Hat tip: Raeshawn, Jared



Sivl32 (elvis) November 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

I want that guitar but I lost interest in this video 3:43 in

Poppy November 5, 2012 at 01:04 am

So this is where all the guns from Fast & Furious went.

DocN November 5, 2012 at 02:42 am

That music can, at best, be described as “cacophonic”.

Keep in mind that those guns were almost certainly, in some significant portion, confiscated from Mexican civillians as well as drug gangs and militants. Disarm the law-abiding, and you give power to the lawless and all that.

And as usual, the artists- years ago, we called those types “hippies”- naturally overlook the causes of the violence, and focus only on the tools. It’s the same reason the greenies don’t throw red paint on bikers wearing leather- if these guys started trying to campaign against the drug culture and militant groups in Mexico, they’d wind up face down in a gully somewhere, and they know it. Much safer to rabble-rouse against inanimate objects.


AZRon November 5, 2012 at 02:53 am

I keep my Travis Bean and my Traynor in one room. In another room, I keep my HK’s and my Winchesters.

Never the twain shall meet. Too dangerous. If somebody was to hear me play, they might shoot me with my own pistol. That’s just rude.

sirkut November 5, 2012 at 08:09 am

I find it interesting that their choice in music would be Rage Against the Machine.

Bear November 5, 2012 at 08:13 am

I have learned to discredit these “artists” when I see them. If you’re too ignorant, too simple, to refrain from assigning kneejerk emotional values to items like guns and knives, I want nothing to do with you.

Let’s leave out the fact that so many of them use illegal drugs, which not only kill people, and ruin families, but promote the exact type of enterprise that these guns were supposedly taken from.


Church November 5, 2012 at 04:24 pm

Ok, this… This is awesome!

Matt November 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

I have learned to discredit these “Commenters” when I see them. If you’re too ignorant, too simple, to refrain from assigning kneejerk emotional values to items like marijuana and amphetamines, I want nothing to do with you.

Ben November 6, 2012 at 03:02 am

They spent all that time making those shitty instruments and didn’t even play any Slayer? Fucking tools.

Weer'd Beard November 6, 2012 at 03:27 am

They earned smug points for the “instruments of life” nonsense.

Sure I know some people who were born because Mom and Dad put on some sexy mood music before 9 months before they were born, I also know more than a few people who have pulled a gun to end a potentially fatal violent attack.

Hey, but I bet these people feel REALLY good about themselves. Isn’t that worth something? *snicker*

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