In yet another strangely non-compelling positive gesture a number of artists in London are putting together an exhibition in which the central feature will be refashioned AK-47s.
This is similar in theme and purpose to the guns-for-toys programs that have been going on for decades in an effort to take weapons off the street and replace them with toys.
While no one can doubt the intentions of such programs, their effectiveness is not always guaranteed. Take the guns for sex toys offer made by this Alabaman entrepreneur as a Valentine’s Day promotion.
It didn’t so much fail as it didn’t really catch on. I know because I tried to turn Bessie in to my local sex shop first and they wouldn’t even offer me a cracked-out Courtney Love blow-up doll.
But back to the topic at hand. What can they possibly do to make AK-47s into art? Make a lamp out of it?
No, of course not. I see avant-garde sculpture in our future.
And that, my friends, is the new shape of peace.
- AK-47 rifles to be ‘refashioned’ (bbc.co.uk)