The Laguna Art Museum’s February/April exhibit, Victor Hugo Zayas: Mi Obra, featured sculptures built from two tons of destroyed guns. The artist partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Gun Buyback Program, which strives to reduce gun violence by exchanging weapons for pre-paid Mastercard or Ralphs gift cards up to $200 depending on the weapon. Weapons are exchanged at six neutral locations. The program began in 2009 and continues to be a success collecting about 2,000 firearms this year. Zayas’s abstract and striking sculptures represent a transformation from violence to peace.
Photo taken by K.A. Gilligan.
Victor Hugo Zayas has worked to better the L.A. community in the past as founder of the Maestro’s Fine Arts program for underserved youth in 2006. The program works in partnership with Art Center College of Design to give life drawing and figure drawing lessons on scholarship. Zayas vision is that “If you can teach somebody to take an ashtray and see something beautiful, then that person’s life will change.”
Peace Grl Out!