Monday 18 December 2017

Artists take aim at gun violence

Artist Adam Mysock installs his artwork, titled Looking Down The Barrel of a Gun (The Last Judgement), at the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition (AP)
Artist Adam Mysock installs his artwork, titled Looking Down The Barrel of a Gun (The Last Judgement), at the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition (AP)

The wall of a New Orleans art gallery has been riddled with bullet holes.

But it is not another act of brazen gun violence - rather a thought-provoking work of art.

In each hole is a bullet casing, its back painted with the tiny portrait of a child under the age of six killed by gunfire in New Orleans - for decades one of America's deadliest cities.

The persistence of urban gun violence has inspired more than 30 artists from across the country to contribute to Guns in the Hands of Artists, an exhibit opening on October 4 at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

The artists took the stocks, barrels, cylinders and other parts of guns that had been dismantled and were due to be destroyed and transformed them into art.

Press Association

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