Washington University set to open gun art exhibit

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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Jonathan Ferrara bangs a drum to get your attention.

'Obviously you can see the mallets have been made from sawed off rifle barrels and the drum itself has the first line of Henry the 4th, 'Of Guns and Drums, `' says Jonathan Ferrara, Curator.

If William Shakespeare were around in modern times he might check out guns in the hands of artists. The project that started in New Orleans is making its way up river to Washington University`s Des Lee Gallery in downtown.

'You wouldn't normally see guns in an art gallery but in the context of this exhibition that's really the point to take the conversation about guns and gun violence and look at it through the lens of art.

The designs are decommissioned gun parts acquired through a New Orleans police department buyback program.

The exhibit opens here September 16th and runs through November at a time when the topic of guns is something everyone is talking about.

'This artist Steven Day experienced being assaulted and ended up being in the hospital,' says Carmon Colangelo, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Dean at Washington University.  'This is a real story, something he's experienced in New Orleans.  We've all lived with this fear and I think the shows motivated to talk about how we're going to change this condition.'

'That's really the goal is for the art to get inside your head and maybe change that internal conversation about guns in our culture,' says Ferrara.

And if art is to be experienced in person, this is an exhibit that will make an impact on many.