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A drum-like set crafted by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes with weapons' parts is tested at his workshop in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013. In the Mexico City workshop, where mechanical hammers ping against ammunition magazines from assault rifles and pistol parts strike metal plates, like cymbals, to create rhythmic, syncopated sounds, guns that have caused so many deaths in northern Mexico are being transformed into musical instruments for Reyes' project titled "Disarm." Drug-cartel violence cost more than 70,000 lives in Mexico over the last six years and the weapons trafficking that has been a sore point; many of the weapons used by the cartels are smuggled across the border from the United States. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

A drum-like set crafted by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes with weapons' parts is tested at his workshop in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013. In the Mexico City workshop, where mechanical hammers ping against ammunition magazines from assault rifles and pistol parts strike metal plates, like cymbals, to create rhythmic, syncopated sounds, guns that have caused so many deaths in northern Mexico are being transformed into musical instruments for Reyes' project titled "Disarm." Drug-cartel violence cost more than 70,000 lives in Mexico over the last six years and the weapons trafficking that has been a sore point; many of the weapons used by the cartels are smuggled across the border from the United States. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Artist turns guns into musical instruments

February 14, 2013

For the project titled "Disarm," artist Pedro Reyes said he was able to choose his instruments from about 6,700 guns that were turned in or seized by the army and police in Ciudad Juarez,

a city of about 1.3 million people that averaged about 10 killings a

day at the height of the violence. In 2010, Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. Juarez had a murder rate about 230 per 100,000 inhabitants. The nationwide rate for the U.S. that year was 4.8.