It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the beach of Puri in eastern Indian state Orissa’s Bhubaneswar, where master sand artist Pattnaik, along with 30 padawans, have created a record-breaking 500 Santa Clausessseses out of the good sand of the earth.. not quite the snow of the North Pole, but Santa and his Clone Army could use a tropical vacation.
Baltimore based photographer Janet Little Jeffers(facebook / flickr) - Through the viewfinder of a camera, Janet explores the unexpected and unexamined details of the natural and manmade world. Her photographs capture intriguing glimpses that may surprise the viewer, inviting a closer look at subjects that normally attract little attention. [see more “Arctic 2012”]
Imagine is a set of 50 musical instruments fabricated out of destroyed weapons – revolvers, shot-guns, machine-guns, etc. This work is a progression of Palas por Pistolas (2008), where 1527 weapons were melted and made into the same number of shovels to plant 1527 trees. In April this year I got a call from the government who had learned about Palas por Pistolas, they told me a public destruction of weapons was to take place in Ciudad Juarez and asked me if I was interested in keeping the metal, which would otherwise have been buried as usual. I accepted the material but I wanted to do something new this time. 6700 weapons, cut into parts and rendered useless, were given to me and I set out to make them into instruments.
A group of 6 musicians worked for 2 weeks shoulder-to-shoulder turning these agents of death into instruments of life. The task was challenging but they succeeded in extracting sounds, from percussion to wind and string. It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.