Detroit gallery makes art of bullet casings and guns

Swept from the city's streets, bullet casings and illegal guns are turned into something new.

- Bullets and guns confiscated from criminals are going from the streets to the showroom.

An artist is turning them into unique displays and using the cash to give back.

"I'm born and raised in Detroit," said Doug Schwartz. "So I think it's special that at least we can do our part to give back through art."

Swept from the city's streets, bullet casings and illegal guns are turned into something new.

"Whether you're pro-gun or anti-gun, I think it speaks to both," said Schwartz.

Doug Schwartz, creative director of Detroit Wick is one of the artists behind the contemporary pieces.

"These are powerful pieces," he said. "And seeing them encapsulated in this Lucite format is definitely a conversation piece."

These gun scraps would normally just become trash, but these artists saw something more, an opportunity to start a conversation.

"I think the message is creating something beautiful from these things that destroy," Schwartz said,

The firearms, frozen in acrylic, start at $50 and are for sale along with custom candles and other products at the new Detroit Wick Gallery on the southern end Eastern Market.

"Everyone has a different opinion so I think again, the conversation is what's really important," he said.

Proceeds from the sales go to the Caliber Foundation, which benefits families nationwide dealing with loss from gun violence. Some of the proceeds also go back to buy back and amnesty programs. Temporary relief to an ever changing issue, while pieces like these last a lifetime.

"Through art it's just a way to speak to everybody," Schwartz said.
 


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