In collaboration with Lead to Life and blacksmith Mike Martin (director of RawTools), we led a commemorative iron pour ceremony honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
Community members, including Bernice King, MLK’s daughter, delivered disabled weapons into the fire to be transformed.
Together we melted down 50 guns to create 50 shovels that were used to plant 50 trees at sites impacted by violence across Atlanta. The community gathered in prayer, in grief, in praise, and in creative action to reimagine violence in our city, our country, and our world.
Here's an image of the peace sign we cast using disassembled gun parts. Stop by during Art-A-Whirl to see more of the work we cast in Atlanta!