Unveiling Art of Peace

Alameda County District Attorney Announces Unveiling and Exhibition of

Art of Peace-Alameda County

Oakland, Ca. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, in partnership with The Robby Poblete Foundation is proud to present a groundbreaking new project entitled “The Art of Peace - Alameda County.” This collaborative effort engages local artists, selected after a competitive submission process, who have created three dimensional art pieces out of the remains of dismantled firearms.

Sample artwork created for Art of Peace

“Gun violence plagues our communities. The Art of Peace focuses a spotlight on our ongoing efforts to end this crisis,” says DA O’Malley. “Over the past 30 years, the DA’s Office has amassed over one thousand firearms that were collected as evidence in criminal prosecutions. This project has reimagined these instruments of violence into objects of beauty and grace.”

The DA’s Office had in its possession more than 700 of firearms that were used in crimes prosecuted in court that were due for destruction. Rather than incinerate them and emit pollution into the air, the DA’s Office engaged a licensed company to make the firearms inoperable and separate the parts. Selected artists were given any of those parts they wanted in order to create art work reflecting a message to end gun violence and create positive pathways for all.

The show displaying the art will remain open to the public in the 9th Street space for several weeks and all are encouraged to visit and view these remarkable sculptures.

Art of Peace is located in Old Oakland at 471B 9th St.

The Art of Peace gallery is open:

  • Friday, May 25 from 11-4 and Saturday, May 26 from 12-3 pm.

  • Wed., May 30: 12:00-4:00

  • Thursday, May 31: 12:00-4:00

  • Friday June 1 : 11:00 – 8:00 pm, as it’s Oakland’s First Friday!

  • Wed., June 6: 12:00 – 4:00

  • Thursday, June 7: 12:00 to 4:00

  • Friday, June 8: 11:00 to 4:00

  • Saturday, June 9: 12:00 to 3:00

  • Wed., June 13 12:00- 7:00

  • Wed., June 13 5 pm to 7 pm
    Please come to celebrate the show and bid on a piece of art in the silent auction.

Contact: ADA Teresa Drenick // Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org // (510) 272-6280

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Posted on May 22, 2018