Checking the Cost of Gun Violence full view

EACH DAY in AMERICA there are 89 deaths by guns (31 murders, 55 suicides, 2 accidental deaths, 1 death by police action).  If not killed, 219 others are injured by guns each day.  
Sources for statistics is the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence

What is the cost of gun violence? 

Research for “Checking the Cost of Gun Violence” revealed astonishing statistics. One source calculates that every citizen in the US is effectively writing a check for $700 each year to cover the nationwide cost of gun violence. Is there any way that we can reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence? Do guns deter crime or enable violence? Can we reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence? Check the evidence!

A gun in a household doubles the risk of homicide and triples the risk of suicide in that household.

close-up gun machine
gun as a handle

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence, 2016

 Materials: Check writing machine, gun, 89 shells from bullets, recycled tin, paint, silver, screws.

8" ht. x 15.5" w.  x 16" d.                             Retail price: $18,089

This artwork will be included in an upcoming show about gun violence in the United States titled Imagine Peace Now. 

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA               Photo Credit: Eric Petersen

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA              
Photo Credit: Eric Petersen

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS (dates to be determined):
Arts Council of South Indiana
New Albany, Indiana

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
Louisville, Kentucky

PAST Exhibition: 

Society of Arts and Crafts
Boston, MA
February 23- June 10, 2017     

November 21, 2016- January 16, 2017
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Click on either of these postcard images to see installation shots at East Carolina University School of Art and Design. 

If you know of a possible exhibition site for this exhibition, contact me and I will forward the information to the exhibition organizer - Boris Bally. 

Purchase this beautiful full color catalog for this exhibition I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now.  Every artist in the exhibition is included in the catalog.

color catalog for I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now

Studio Images of "Checking the Cost of Gun Violence" in progress

Click on the images in this gallery for a description of this sculpture in progress. 

Fabrication of Checking the Cost of Gun Violence includes hydraulic matrix die form for fabricating a new gun handle grip from recycled tin cans.  Traditional silversmithing hollowware skills were used to form the red recycled tin for pool of blood. (This is the original red finish on the tin can ans it was not repainted)   Riveting for lettering assembly.  Lettering is from recycled tin cans. Grinding and polishing to retrofit disabled gun to fit checking machine handle.  Paint for blood on the check writing machine,  tap & die.

More Interesting Videos and Articles:

MarieClaire Magazine online has extensive statistics and articles about Women & Guns.