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Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes Rehearses Using Musical Instruments He Has Created From Weapons Confiscated From Mexican Cartels

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Tom Lamb plays a musical instrument made from recycled gun parts at the Lisson Gallery on March 26, 2013 in London, England. Mexican artist Pedro Reyes received 6,700 destroyed weapons from the Mexican government from which he sculpted two groups of instruments. The first, a series titled Imagine, is an orchestra of fifty instruments, from flutes to string and percussion instruments, designed to be played live. The second, Disarm, is an installation of mechanical musical instruments, which can either be automated or played live by an individual operator using a laptop computer or midi keyboard. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Weapons turned into musical instruments

Using weapons confiscated from Mexican drug cartels, artist Pedro Reyes has created a selection of musical instruments. He built them by selecting parts from the more than 6,700 guns and weaponry turned in at Ciudad Juarez, a city in Mexico that say about 10 people a day being shot every day at the height of its violent period.