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An Orchestra Of Guns

the grooved interior of the barrel of a giant gun.
Flickr Photo/ hapticflapjack

Pedro Reyes has fashioned an orchestra from guns. These guns have killed people: rival drug dealers, police informants and innocent bystanders. Now, they’ve been repurposed as musical instruments and they’re touring Mexico and the US.

It’s more than just a novelty performance. The artist considers it a kind of exorcism, and his musicians do not take their charge lightly. It takes a certain reckless faith to hold a gun to your head and know the only thing coming out of the barrel will be music.

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