The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department donated thousands of confiscated weapons to be used by the Peace Angels Project to create a 64-foot “peace monument” in the downtown area, organizers announced Wednesday.
“Through its USA Weapon Destruction Campaign, the Peace Angels Project is reducing the number of firearms in our world by making a national call for the voluntary and permanent destruction of weapons,” said monument artist Lin Evola. “This call to action is actuated by transforming decommissioned weapons into landmark symbols of peace.”
According to project officials, more than five tons of weapons have been donated to the Peace Angles Project by the sheriff’s department over the past two years.
The organization’s goal is to collect 1 million weapons. The weapons include handguns, rifles and automatic weapons collected in criminal investigations, probation seizures and guns turned in to collection events.
The group is also planning to install peace monuments in New York and San Francisco. Each custom-designed monument will stand atop a 100-foot-by-100-foot labyrinth with a narrative about the site on which the monument sits.
Evola said she is still looking at specific locations for the Los Angeles monument, which is being funded by private donors.
Evola also created the 13-foot Renaissance Peace Angel sculpture, which is part of a permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York and has been on display at the museum since 2018.