Interesting Facts

  • Although made out of weapons of destruction (crime and military), the Gun Sculpture’s message is one of peace, proactively engaging visitors on issues of peace and violence.

  • The Gun Sculpture Installation has three elements: the Gun Sculpture; the victim projections (and/or mural) and an interactive blackboard to collect and document visitor engagement

  • As the artists are civilians, it took Ministerial sign offs from five separate Departments in the  Canadian Parliament to be allowed to create a work using deactivated weapons donated from inside and outside Canada

  • Over 7000 guns were used in the sculpture, and weighs five tons

  • The artists personally deactivated over 4000 weapons across Canada

  • The artists devised a completely new technique of deactivating guns which is now used by numerous military and police forces

  • Guns came from NGO’s, military, police, governments and student groups around the world

  • The Gun Sculpture has toured to three continents and has been seen by over 1.75 million people

  • Over 150,000 visitor contributions have been documented and are considered an evolving component of the art installation

  • Numerous artists have used the Gun Sculpture as a stimulus for artwork in various disciplines  (symphony, drawings, poetry, etc.)

  • At each exhibit, if requested, the artists incorporate images of local victims of violence into the victims component

  • Dr Steven Aung, recognized healer and Buddhist elder, conducted a spiritual water and fire blessing of the Gun Sculpture, supporting the artwork with its intended message of peace to the world