Pedro Reyes

MOMENTUM for Peace

“A musical instrument is something that constantly generates life, when you play, everyone who listens will connect to the music and to one another. The ‘Disarm’ project took an object made for killing and transformed it into an instrument for creativity.”

We would all like to see violence give way to peace, and killing give way to creation. Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes wants to show the world that it is possible by transforming confiscated weapons into musical instruments.

A new short film from Sennheiser explores the incredible art of Pedro Reyes as part of the audio specialist’s MOMENTUM project, which seeks to showcase the life and work of some of the world’s most inspirational people, sharing their projects and unique achievements in the world of sound.

His work takes thousands of guns – the embodiment of violence – and turns them into the essence of peace, participation and unity. These guns, many of which have been fired in anger, are now fully functioning musical instruments.
The short film ‘Disarm’, named after Reyes’ current exhibition, is one of many inspiring sound stories presented by Sennheiser together with Spotify through the ‘
What’s your MOMENTUM?’ social video project.
It explores Pedro Reyes’s work creating fully functioning musical instruments from the same weapons that caused so much destruction through Mexico’s years of drug violence. Reyes’ ‘Disarm’ is an exhibition of works that include guitars, saxophones, drums and even a full-sized marimba that replaces wooden keys with sections of gun barrels, painstakingly sawn down to create the perfect notes in the musical scale.