January 30, 2018

Peaceful Plow

When I first glimpsed this sculpture at Eastern Mennonite University, I thought it might represent a wave. I parked and walked over to to take a look.

It's called "Guns into Plowshares" and it's on loan from the Washington DC Police Department. In a 1994 gun buyback program, the police department collected 6,000 guns, which it planned to melt down. Michael Augsberger proposed using them in a sculpture instead. And here it is in Harrisonburg!

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” 
~ Isaiah 2:4: 

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  1. ...wow, what a statement. This pacifist loves it. Art sure can make a statement. Thanks Linda, this was great.

  2. What an interesting sculpture. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  3. I like the novel use of the collected guns. It makes a notable sulpture. A fine pictures sequence.

  4. It's sobering to think of the sheer number of guns that were collected. Makes me wonder how many more are still out there. The sculpture has a wonderful message.

  5. Entirely different... but it really works well!

  6. What fascinating sculpture! I really like the symbolism.

  7. Wow, that is truly a wonderful sculpture and I love that the program was successful.


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