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Thursday, 17 January, 2002, 12:18 GMT
Mozambique turns arms into art
Mozambican artists have decommissioned weapons in a graphic way, taking them apart and using the remains to make a range of novel and eloquent sculptures. Thirty pieces from the collection, the work of the Transforming Arms into Ploughshares project, are on show at the Oxo Gallery on London's South Bank from 18 January to 3 February.

Sculptor works on arms parts   Christian Aid/Paul Hackett
One of the sculptors, Goncalo Mabunda, at work

Sculpture of bird   Christian Aid/Paul Hackett
The bird that wants to survive, by Fiel Dos Santos

Man with chairs made from weapons   Christian Aid/Paul Hackett
Weapons become furniture: Kester finds a new use for AK47s

Sculpture of horse and cart   Christian Aid/Paul Hackett
The chariot goes on its way in peace

Crocodile sculpture   A.Kirby
Crocodile, by Humberto Delgado

Drummer sculpture   A.Kirby
Kester's mournful musician

The project has collected and destroyed more than 200,000 guns, grenades and rocket launchers. People handing them in are given farm tools or other equipment.

Images courtesy of Christian Aid/Paul Hackett

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