Rather than swords into plowshares, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo is pounding guns into floor tiles. Salcedo , one of the country's best-known sculptors, is building a monument to mark the end of Colombia's half-century-old guerrilla war, using the scrap metal from leftover rebel machine guns, automatic rifles and pistols. These and other weapons were used to kill more than 220,000 people in a war that began in 1964 and ended through a peace treaty signed in 2016. "The fact that these guns have been destroyed means that many, many lives have been saved," Salcedo tells NPR in an interview. Under the peace accord, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agreed that rebel munitions would be turned over to United...
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In Colombia, Artist Renders Tons Of Rebel Guns Into Floor Tiles