Hundreds of guns pulled from New York City streets will be melted down and crafted into a work of art that promotes peace.
The NYPD donated 946 weapons to artist Lin Evola, who will transform them into a 5-foot tall statue of a peace angel. The guns – including shotguns, handguns and assault rifles – were taken from suspects or turned in during buyback programs.
The statue of a winged angel will be nearly 5 feet tall and consist of the confiscated and repurposed street weapons and non-radioactive nuclear missile casings. It is being created by the Art of Peace Charitable Trust, a nonprofit focusing on peace building and nonviolence. The group previously made a California Peace Angel in Los Angeles from confiscated weapons and plans to place larger versions of the New York peace angel at different sites.
The NYPD donated 946 weapons to artist Lin Evola, who will transform them into a 5-foot tall statue of a peace angel. Evola, founder of the nonprofit Art of Peace Charitable Trust, said she hopes to curb violence through her work.