Peace Art Project Cambodia Twists Gun Metal into Furniture


From swords to plowshares, as they say, or in this more contemporary case: from guns into tables and chairs (and bikes and sculptures).

The Peace Art Project Cambodia (PAPC) was founded in October 2003, starting with “art students from the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) focusing on 20 and 21 st century metal sculpture” who took their trade on the road to address what to do with “876 destroyed weapons from a Khmer Rouge weapons cache in the Cardamom Mountains.”

“The PAPC workshop was set up in a warehouse in Phnom Penh run by the Development Technology Workshop (DTW),” which has developed peace-oriented technologies including “a brush cutting machine used by de-mining agencies to clear vegetation before mines are detected and removed”

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