César López  

The escopetarra is a guitar made from a modified firearm, used as a symbol of peace. The Escopetarras were invented by the Colombian pacifist activist César López in 2003 in a meeting, after the terrorist attack against the Club El Nogal in Bogotá, when he saw a soldier holding a shotgun like a guitar.

 

The first escopetarra was made in 2003 with a Winchester rifle and an Stratocaster electric guitar.

 

In the beginning he made five escopetarras built by the Colombian luthier Alberto Paredes, of which four were handed over to Colombian musician Juanes, to the Argentinean musician Fito Páez, to the United Nations Program for Development and to the government of the city of Bogotá.

 

The escopetarra delivered to the UN was exposed at the Conference on disarmament that was held in June 2006.

 

In 2006, Lopez acquired another 12 AK-47 from the office of the Colombian peace commission. Once converted into guitars, he plans to hand them over to prominent musicians such as Shakira, Carlos Santana and Paul McCartney, as well as relevant political figures such as the Dalai Lama.

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Escopetarra

Ensamblaje 

111 x 30 x 8 cm

2003

SASTOQUE GALLERY

Autopista Nte 114-44             

Invention Center, Piso 2    

Bogotá, Colombia