BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A renowned artist who’s sculptures have been exhibited worldwide is using nuclear missiles and street weapons to promote change.
The ‘Peace Angels’ are created as a symbol of peace.
The intention of the project is to create thought-provoking, inspirational and potentially life-changing works of art that not only educates people, but hopefully cuts down on violence.
Artist Lin Evola is working on bringing change to communities around the world by creating peace angels.
"They are built from the beginning to inspire change, to inspire people to think within themselves, how they can create a better world," said Evola who founded the Peace Angels Project.
The statues are made from objects used to carry out violence. All of which are donated from various law enforcement agencies.
"When someone knows that a peace angel is created from nuclear missiles and street weapons and they see the beauty, something changes, something happens," she said.
Guns are melted down in different parts of the world to create these symbols of peace.
Creating a 32-foot peace angel requires more than $100,000 weapons. Evola has created 13 statues so far, one located at the Sept. 11th Museum in New York City and now monuments are being planned in California.
"Whether you're using a gun, or a knife or a rock to hurt someone, it's a bad thing, but when I listen to people talk about protection that's also important. We don't live in a world right now where he can just be mindless about protection," she said.
Evola created the project in 1992 to address violence and says her work has nothing to do with the on-going gun debate.
"I think that the peace angels have to include everybody's conversation, even the people who are against certain things. It's inclusive; everyone who wants to bring peace to our world is included in the peace angel’s movement," she said.
The artist is working on creating a five-foot peace angel that will sit in east L.A. and a 30 foot statue planned for downtown Los Angeles.
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