One Gun Gone is a multidisciplinary gun violence prevention public art project in which students from underserved neighborhoods in Providence RI participate in a professional art making and marketing exercise that provides immersive experiences at an art college, an advertising agency, a community youth arts center and positive interactions with local law enforcement agencies. The One Gun Gone project was inspired by the passing of four of my teenage students from gun violence over the past fifteen years. Our goal has been to take one gun off the street, make artwork from it and then sell that artwork to raise money to buy more guns off the streets with a police sanctioned gun buy back. By breaking the negative economy of one potential street gun (which can be resold illegally countless times) we will create a positive art making economy that will raise more money than if we had resold the original (now decommissioned) firearm itself. To start I legally purchased a handgun and hired an artist to make a mold of the weapon (which my students never saw or touched). From that mold we have made four different types of sculpture that each speak to gun violence in our community in different ways.
New works from the One Gun Gone mold!