Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Swords Into Plowshares: Pentagrams Into Pinwheels

Cesar Lopez, a musician in Bogota, Colombia, is converting discarded AK-47s and other weapons from his war-torn country into guitars. After he transforms the guns, he donates them to rock stars who help spread the message of nonviolence.

"The weapon is still present, but when you strike the first chord, everything that's violent about it disappears, " he said. "That's the kind of transformation we would like to see in our country."
A playground in Illinois will be altered because one resident complained that a pattern in the concrete floor looked like a pentagram. Officials agreed to add lines and colors to the star so that it looks more like a pinwheels.