WTIC1080

Local News

Illegal Guns Turned Into Monument To Victims Of Gun Violence

View Comments
The Raise The Caliber art by Michael Kalish. Photo by WTIC's Rosemarie Chandler

The Raise The Caliber art by Michael Kalish. Photo by WTIC’s Rosemarie Chandler

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

(CBS Connecticut)– City officials and members  of the community unveiled a new piece of artwork that aims to raise awareness and act as a monument to victims of illegal gun violence.  The Whiffenpoofs, an a cappella group from Yale University, set the tone of the afternoon by opening with their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  Mayor Segarra, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy,  Congressman Larson, Governor Malloy, and Lt. Governor Wyman all spoke at the event.

Mayor Pedro Segarra, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Artisit Michael Kalish, and Founder of Raise The Caliber Jessica Mindlich.  Photo by WTIC's Rosemarie Chandler

Mayor Pedro Segarra, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, Artisit Michael Kalish, and Founder of Raise The Caliber Jessica Mindlich. Photo by WTIC’s Rosemarie Chandler

The catalyst of this event and many other motions across the country was Jessica Mindich, the founder of the Raise The Caliber campaign.  The mission of Raise The Caliber is to end illegal gun violence.  In order to both visually represent and spread their message, Raise the Caliber partnered with internationally renowned artist Michael Kalish.

Through a series of gun buybacks, Mindich got countless guns off the streets than shredded these guns to create over 2,000 pounds of material.  Mindich then sent the shredded guns to Kalish who created a piece of art that looks like two interlocking hands.

The unveiling of the Raise The Caliber artwork.  Photo by WTIC's Rosemarie Chandler

The unveiling of the Raise The Caliber artwork. Photo by WTIC’s Rosemarie Chandler

The sobering tribute to victims of illegal gun violence in America will  stay in Bushnell park for approximately nine months before moving to Detroit, Michigan.

The Raise The Caliber art by Michael Kalish. Photo by WTIC's Rosemarie Chandler

The Raise The Caliber art by Michael Kalish. Photo by WTIC’s Rosemarie Chandler

 

 

 (See a photo gallery of images from the event)

 

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 822 other followers