An artist who transforms guns into art

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Victor hugo zayas is a Mexican painter and sculptor who uses guns recovered by the city of Los Angeles Gun Buyback initiative to create works that he exhibits in California.

The series of sculptures was made with weapons collected by the Los Angeles police and most had belonged to criminal Zayas told Efe the Los Angeles chief of police gave me the chance to use two tones of them. Born July 5 1961 in Tijuana Zayas emigrated to the US 30 years ago. He has been developing his artistic talents since he was a teenager expressing his vision in painting and metal sculptures once recently by lethal astronomy and more recently by lethal weapons five years ago he got the idea of making sculptures out of guns that Los Angeles Police Department recovered from resident through a buyback but it was last year under Police Chief Charlie Beck of dismantled weapons to use in his project.

A lot of people think that images are too strong if they have been hurt by crime who in the future will exhibit the work in the entry hall of the LAPD. The reaction has been very positive and sad at the same time who is the last two month has show 12 of his 17 sculptures created with parts of handguns rifles and short guns at the Laguna Art Museum. Zayas said that the exhibition in Laguna Beach was dedicated to the victims of crime and the guests included some 100 people who had suffered from violence.

Tears and expressions of relief were seen on the faces of those who had come to see the show the artist said. The idea is that this group of sculptures should become a kind of peace symbol because transform something so negative into something so positive well people well people connect with the immediately he said .

Zayas said the idea was born when Chief Beck came to talk to him about the interest the LAPD noted among young people at the sketching work shop he gae them in the low income south Los Angeles area.One of the work in the show a portrait made from 200 dismantled weapons that included shotgun And pistols and that weights 300 pounds, is dedicated to my good friend Efrain Castro who was murdered last years Zayas said.

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