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Deweaponizing the Gun by Walton Creel

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February 7th, 2011

creel 02 556x400 Deweaponizing the Gun by Walton CreelThis is probably the most peaceful way you will ever see a gun being used. Walton Creel, uses his gun to paint or shoot a picture. This is his way of deweaponizing the gun. “When I decided I wanted to make art using a gun, I was not sure what direction I would have to take. I knew I did not want to use it simply as an accent to work I was doing, but as the focus. My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose, to deweaponize it.” The way Walton creates these pieces of art is literally shooting the image out into the aluminum canvas. In the process he realized that working with any gun that is above .22 caliber is simply too destructive for the canvas. He also discovered that painting the canvas before shooting it would create a cool effect. As the bullet hit the canvas, pieces of paint would fall off around each hole fusing the image together. Deweaponizing a gun is an ongoing serious, see the latest work at Walton’s website

  • Anonymous

    pretty cool!