Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Throne of Weapons

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"Throne of Weapons" - Cristovao Canhavato (Kester) in Maputo, Mozambique, 2001

This is an artwork displayed in the British Museum. The accompanying note reads:

"This Throne is made from decommissioned weapons collected since the end of Mozambique's civil war in 1992. During the war, seven million guns - none of them made in Africa - poured into the country. In 1995 Bishop Dinis Sengulane initiated a project called "Arms into Tools." The Mozambican people were encouraged to swap their weapons for agricultural, domestic, and construction tools. Artists then turned the decommissioned weapons into sculptures.

This is a contemporary artwork, but thrones and stools are traditionally symbols of power and prestige in Africa. They are also symbols of discussion and debate."

A Throne made of guns, for those who would exalt and worship weapons. Mr. LaPierre, your chair awaits you. Sit on it.


Jane Russell said...

It looks very uncomfortable!

Gilly said...

If only there were hundreds of thrones in the US made of decommissioned weapons!!

OK - I'm from the UK - our gun laws are different. thank goodness!

Anonymous said...

"Sit on it."

small mind said...

wow! I did a story on Rwanda and anything re the guns and horrible history of Africa put a chill down my back - that is really quite something ... ! x

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Yeah, I know some people who need a chair like that. *sigh*

Weird Dave said...

Put's new meaning into the phrase, "Put a cap in your ass."