An art project seeking to engage residents throughout the community in critical thinking and analysis of gun violence is now open for public viewership at Las Positas College in Livermore.
Organized by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in collaboration with The Robby Poblete Foundation, the "Art of Peace" exhibition presents six local artists and their pieces chosen by a panel of judges, to "recreate and metamorphosize" art pieces out of the remains of dismantled firearms.
"Gun violence plagues our communities. The Art of Peace focuses a spotlight on our ongoing efforts to end this crisis," District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said in a statement.
"Over the past 30 years, the DA's Office has amassed over one thousand firearms that were collected as evidence in criminal prosecutions. This project has re-imagined these instruments of violence into objects of beauty and grace," she added.
Instead of destroying the weapons and creating pollution into the air, the DA's Office engaged a licensed company to make the firearms ineffective and separate the parts. The exhibit serves multiple purposes and highlights the issues with gun violence hopefully to curb or stop it, according to DA's spokeswoman Teresa Drenick.
"Patti Poblete, in Solano County created this project after her son was killed by gunfire. Patti focused on creating something meaningful out of his death, and hopes that this project will take root throughout the state and nation," Drenick said.
"Art of Peace," which first opened in Oakland in May and June, will be on display through August at Las Positas College Mertes Center for the Arts in Livermore. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call the college at 424-1000.