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If You Want To Own A Gun, These Are Pretty Sweet
May 21, 2013
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You could call it the right to bake arms - these unusual gun sculptures, created by Oakland artist Scott Hove, are made to look like cakes.

But unlike an actual gun, these pose very little danger. Unless, that is, you try to eat them - they're not as tasty as they look.

In his Cakeland series, which dates back to 2005, Hove uses traditional cake decorator tools and pastry bags to create his pieces.

But instead of what you'd find in your pantry, he builds the cakes out of acrylic and mixed media on polyurethane foam.

Hove says the cakes give the "hyper-masculinized aesthetic of the assault weapon a forced-feminization in the form of pretty cake decoration, and in the process deconstruct the paranoia aesthetic."



And Hove says the artwork comes with a message: "we can choose a paranoia fantasy where we need to fortify against an imminent attack... grasping for a sense of control. This position seems to be embodied and leveraged by the NRA..."

The artist tells SF Weekly, "There's nothing really exciting about art that is easy and non-confrontational."

Hove isn't the only artist exploring the intersection between the hard, metallic world of guns and something softer and less intense.

Sonia Rentsch created these weapons out of organic objects for her 'Harm Less' series.

They make creative use of some common plants (and maybe sneak in a little Guns 'N' Roses reference, too).



Now, if you have an actual gun in your possession - like, say an AK 47 - and you'd like to turn it into something less dangerous, this is the DIY project for you.

Mike Izbicki, a former Navy midshipman who was discharged as a conscientious objector in 2011, recently transformed a gun that had been used by the Romanian army during the cold war into... a giant soup ladle.


He's even shared a simple, step-by-step DIY guide to go from AK to big spoon.

The finished product isn't all that useful - step six of the DIY guide is "Don't eat with it," since a gun that's been fired tends to have gunpowder residue on it.

But the point of the project, according to PopSci, isn't to create a usable utensil. It's to turn a gun into something a little more peaceful.


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