In collaboration with the Alameda County DA's office and the Robby Poblete Foundation, we worked as one of 7 artists to repurpose firearms used in past crimes into sculptures. It was such a pleasure to have had the opportunity to create work right in the intersection of arts and social justice, at such a pivotal time in the history of gun violence
Our cruising rendition of a bicycle has been constructed primarily out of dismantled gun parts and shell casings. The main frame was constructed by grinding and welding rifle barrels. The wood featured in the structure and fenders were formed by the cutting, sanding, hand carving and staining of 5 separate rifle stocks. A variety of at least 18 dismantled handguns were used for the fender braces, pedals, handlebars and bumpers and the wheel inserts feature carved images of an Oakland-styled tree and roots in place of spokes. Finally, 300 or so shell casings can be found throughout, many contained within the hand poured resin seat.
We integrated messages of peace, love, tolerance, community and unity throughout the bike and imagine the bike as a symbol of moving forward and nostalgic ties to simple childhood. Throughout the process, we reflected on what an honor it was to have been given the opportunity to utilize materials that have actually ruined lives, and transform them into a sculpture that pays respect and homage to all of the families whose lives have been impacted by gun violence.