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Musicians make instruments from discarded guns

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Sound travels through barrels once used for bullets at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Inside the Contemporary Art Museum, students play instruments welded out of firearms rendered useless.

The "Imagine, 2012" exhibit is the work of Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes.

"It's almost like being a caveman, trying to blow and scratch and bang and see what kind of sounds could be made," said Reyes. "The physical transformation of this metal also leads to a kind of social transformation."

Graduate Student Jeremy Adams is studying music composition at USF. He had the opportunity to play instruments created by Reyes.

"I really like the idea of repurposing something so violent into something more artistic, a little more peaceful," Adams said. "A lot of time in academics we get caught up in academics. This is great because we really get to think about how art affects people and really impacts society."

The exhibit comes amid controversy surrounding Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Reyes says he is using art to transform what he calls "an instrument of death" into an "instrument of life."

For the project, Reyes received more than 6,000 weapons confiscated by the Mexican Army. So far, he has created instruments using half the load.

"The barrel of a shot gun, if you cut different lengths, you have different notes," Reyes said. "Drilling holes, you can turn a rifle into a flute."

The instruments will be part of a special performance as USF.

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