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The Art of Peace

by Barbara Eldredge (2766 words)

Artists who transform weapons into opportunities to reflect on the violence in our world and even to take action against it.

‘And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. ’ —Isaiah 2:4, King James Bible In February of 2003, César López picked up his guitar and headed for a war zone. A car bomb had devastated a social club in his home town of Bogota, Colombia, killing 36 and wounding more than 200. Not knowing what else to do, a number of musicians brought their instruments to the site, playing music for the survivors and mourners who gathered there.

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