“The Candle Gun Sculpture was inspired by the sidewalk shrines that appear when someone has been killed on the street due to gun violence. Amid the stuffed animals, empty bottles and flowers are votive candles lit to mourn the passing of someone loved. We decided we wanted to create a sculpture that spoke to why someone was being mourned to begin with.” Scott Lapham, One Gun Gone
In conjunction with One Gun Gone, the RI Center for Photographic Arts is launching a Call for Entries for photography that addresses gun violence, profits from the collaboration will be used to fund the buyback of unwanted guns at a State sanctioned event. As part of this initiative to move a few grains of sand in an effort to start a landslide, we are offering for sale this special edition Candle Gun Sculpture. Purchase of a sculpture directly funds the buyback of one handgun. Purchase is not required to enter the exhibition Call, but is a way to have an immediate impact and to take one handgun off the streets.
Price $150 – Purchase includes one uncolored paraffin Candle Gun Sculpture created exclusively for this collaboration, a signed die cut paper One Gun Gone poster. Your purchase funds the removal of one handgun at the registered gun buyback. Purchase of the kit is not required to enter the call.
Stay tuned for the call for works related to this collaboration.