Last week while on a quick trip to London my wife and we visited the British Museum. At the recomendation of a friend we went downstairs to see the Mozambique Tree of Life.
It is a sculpture constructed entirely of decommissioned and cut up small arms from Mozambique's civil war. The tree was made by 4 talented Mozambican artists working on a commission from the British Museum (also check out the throne of weapons). What a great use of museum money to turn such a destructive force into a symbol of life. The project is the end result of a program call Transforming Arms into Tools (TAE) where people would trade their small arms for tin sheets, farming tools and seeds. The idea was to help dry up the flood of small arms that fueled the civil war.
Seeing the tree of life was very moving. Maybe because I had returned from Northern Uganda just the day before I had to sit down and stare for a long time.