Mex­ico non-vi­o­lence art fea­tures guns with knot­ted bar­rels

The China Post - - ARTS -

Repli­cas of a sculp­ture of a knot­ted pis­tol that was de­signed in honor of the late mu­si­cian John Len­non are be­ing dis­played this month in Mon­ter­rey, a north­ern industrial city that knows about gun vi­o­lence.

The 13 pieces in a va­ri­ety of colors and de­signs were made by in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions. They in­clude a soc­cer ball mo­tif by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball, as well as a 1960sstyle pop art de­sign by Len­non’s fel­low Bea­tle Paul McCart­ney.

“The pre­sen­ta­tion is very elo­quent, the gun bar­rel ob­structed to pro­mote non-vi­o­lence ... it’s a good idea,” said vis­i­tor Lorenzo Za­mar­ron.

The orig­i­nal sculp­ture, called “Non-Vi­o­lence,” was cre­ated by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuter­sward as a trib­ute to Len­non, who preached non-vi­o­lence but was shot to death out­side his New York home in 1980. It was part of the Straw­berry Fields me­mo­rial in New York’s Cen­tral Park and later given to the United Na­tions, ac­cord­ing to the web­site for the Non-Vi­o­lence Project.

There are repli­cas of the orig­i­nal knot­ted pis­tol around the world, in­clud­ing the 122-cen­time­ter, 30-kilo­gram struc­tures at the Cerro de Obisbo, a popular park in Mon­ter­rey. The ex­hibit of the other repli­cas runs through April 30.

Mon­ter­rey and other parts of the state of Nuevo Leon fell vic­tim to drug vi­o­lence from war­ring car­tels dur­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon’s stepped-up as­sault on or­ga­nized crime.

Killings from firearms in Mon­ter­rey, Mex­ico’s third-largest city, jumped from 91 in 2006, be­fore the of­fen­sive started, to 532 in 2011, one of the most vi­o­lent years, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment statis­tics. The mur­der rate has fallen steadily since then. Calderon left of­fice in Novem­ber 2012.


A knot­ted gun sculp­ture painted by Mex­i­can artist Paola Delfin is dis­played at a park in the city of Mon­ter­rey, Mex­ico on Thurs­day, April 2.

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