Archive: February 2017 - Fyrkuna Metalworks

Arms into Art: Liberian Style

  • February 9, 2017

I work since 2007 on the weapon conversion project - arms into art. The weapon scrap is a left-over from the disarmament process. The first request was if I could create a banister with a marine design for a restaurant on the Saint Paul River, home of the local fishing club .Having completed this I designed furniture for the same place made from RPG-launchers, AK- 47 barrels and wood. My next job was to create small objects such as candle stands, bookends, school bells and bottle openers. In 2008 on request by Save the Children – UK, I developed a small tree for their fundraiser "Festival...

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Statement of the Artist

  • February 9, 2017

November 7, 2013 Since 1984 I work as an artistic blacksmith and I have always been fascinated by transforming things (homo faber) . The theme “arms into art” is a research in expression and variations. To combine pieces in a different setting gives the possibility to create a counterpoint. What was an agent of destruction becomes a serene and particular object. A weapon after the disarmament is obsolete, I recreate and change its use. An aesthetic appearance and the recognition of the pieces origin at second glance is intentional. It is recycling in a broader sense, to show that even...

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