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Artists turn weapons into art

2012-09-28 02:44:06 GMT2012-09-28 10:44:06(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Laila Shawa's "Where Souls Dwell" is seen on display at the AKA Peace exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in central London. Bran Symondson, a former soldier, conceived the AKA Peace project, in which artists turn decommissioned AK47 assault rifles into works of art. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

A visitor looks at Nancy Fouts's "Don't Touch", at the AKA Peace exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in central London. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

An interpretation of an AK-47 assault rifle "Sketch for AK47 Samovar" by artist Douglas Gordon is seen on display in an exhibition 'AKA Peace' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

An interpretation of an AK-47 assault rifle "Sketch for AK47 Samovar" by artist Douglas Gordon is seen on display in an exhibition 'AKA Peace' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

A member of staff poses with an interpretation of an AK-47 assault rifle "Spin AK47 for Peace One Day" by British artist Damien Hirst on display in an exhibition 'AKA Peace' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Artist Antony Micallef poses by his interpretation of an AK-47 assault rifle "Improvised weaponhead" on display in an exhibition 'AKA Peace' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Gaza-born Palestinian artist Laila Shawa poses by her interpretation of an AK-47 assault rifle "Where Souls Dwell" on display in an exhibition 'AKA Peace' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

The exhibition, 'AKA Peace,' in collaboration with non-profit organization Peace One Day, showcases artists reinterpretation of AK-47 assault rifles, reacting against the horror of violence globally and recasting a weapon of devastation as a conduit to peace. Currently on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the art installations are to be auctioned at Phillips de Pury & Company after the exhibition on Oct. 4 to raise funds for Peace One Day.

(Agencies)

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