It is a chilling fact to know that the AK-47–short for Avtomat Kalashnikova 47–is the most widely used assault rifle in the world. Developed by the Russians in 1947, it became the assault rifle of choice from armies to rebels the world over. British photographer Bran Symondson had the idea to incorporate decommissioned rifles into artwork after getting inspiration from Afghan National Police decorating their own weapon. AKA Peace worked closely with Peace One Day and curator Jake Chapman to produce artworks using the AK-47 as a blank canvas. 23 renowned artists were invited to take part, and each artwork will go under the hammer, with the proceeds going to the Global Truce 2013 campaign from Peace One Day.
Artists involved in this project include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Sam Taylor-Wood, and plenty more. These pieces will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London until Sunday, September 30, while the auction will take place on Thursday, October 4th at Howick Place in London.
Exhibition Dates: until September 30th, 2012 (Sunday)
Auction Date: October 4th, 2012 (Thursday)