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Guns From City's Buyback Program Turned Into Sculpture Art

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By Alexandra Howland

Do you like guns? Do you hate guns? Do you like recycling? Do you wonder what happens to the weapons collected in the city's "Gun Buyback" program?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, make your way down to the Los Angeles Police Department starting Thursday June 14, when the work of international renowned artist Victor Hugo Zayas will be on view in Administration Building Lobby.

In an attempt to “create symbols of peace and beauty from materials once associated with violence and crime” Zaya has taken “more than two tones of destroyed guns received through the City’s Gun Buyback Program,” deconstructed them and transformed them into unbelievable sculpture, explains the LAPD.

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Also on display will be images of the firearms before Zayas melted them down and transformed them into a reflection of what our world is and what it could be.

These sculptures will be on view until mid-July. An opening reception will be held Thursday June 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

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