Thousands of weapons in some of the world’s most conflict-scarred states are being hammered, filed and welded into symbols of hope. From Maputo to Mexico City, artists are transforming decommissioned arms into an arsenal of art to highlight the futility of war and promote psychological healing.
Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun, by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The bronze replica of a 45-calibre revolver, a gift from Luxembourg to the United Nations, was sculpted in memory of the Swedish artist’s longtime friend John Lennon. Though not created from recycled munitions, the sculpture has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement. Photograph: UN