weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson gallery‘imagine (psaltery)’, 2012 by pedro reyesrecycled metal28 x 75 x 30cmed.uniqueimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

pedro reyes: disarm lisson gallery, londonrunning from the 26th of march through to the 4th of may, 2013 

 

originally covered by designboom here, mexican artist pedro reyes has expanded on his ‘imagine’ series of unconventional musical instruments – created entirely out of illegal weaponry. the collection – to be shown at lisson gallery in london – was created as part of an ongoing project called palas por pistolas – originally initiated by reyes in an effort to raise awareness to the high rate of gun-related deaths in mexico, as well as bring attention to the relationship between crime and the number of weapons in circulation. through the skillful manipulation of various firearms such as revolvers, shot-guns and machine guns, which were handed in voluntarily as part of the initiative, reyes managed to build a fully functioning orchestra of instruments, with the latest iterations including a psaltery, bass guitar and xylophone.

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson gallery ‘imagine (double psaltery)’, 2012recycled metal20 x 50 x 50 cmed.uniqueimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson gallery‘imagine (xylophone)’, 2012recycled metal113 x 125 x 62cmed.uniqueimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson gallery‘imagine (bass guitar bass)’, 2012recycled metal113 x 36 x 10cmed.uniqueimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

weapon instruments by pedro reyes at lisson galleryinstruments made from de-commissioned weapons, 2013 recycled metal – detailimage courtesy the artist and lisson gallery

 

 

turning weapons into instruments – pedro reyes ‘disarm’video courtesy of the creators project