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An instrument designed by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes from weapons' parts, takes form as a piano, in his workshop in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Reyes has dedicated his last two years transforming weapons, that were either turned in or seized by the army and police in Ciudad Juarez, into musical instruments. The Mexican artist hopes to take his message abroad, with an exhibition of the musical instruments in London's Lisson Gallery in March and later in the United States. “This project has a pacifist intent, to create a global consciousness about arms trafficking,” Reyes said. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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Artist turns guns into musical instruments

February 14, 2013

For the project titled "Disarm," artist Pedro Reyes said he was able to choose his instruments from about 6,700 guns that were turned in or seized by the army and police in Ciudad Juarez, a city of about 1.3 million people that averaged about 10 killings a day at the height of the violence. In 2010, Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. Juarez had a murder rate about 230 per 100,000 inhabitants. The nationwide rate for the U.S. that year was 4.8.