Unmade Gun 2002/2016

I decided to melt a gun. This was quite an interesting adventure as I had never held a gun before. I purchased a brand new handgun from a dealer who kept questioning me about what I was going to do with it. I thought if I told him, he might not sell it to me, so I kept saying that I wasn’t sure, but that I planned to make art out of it. I had to take a test and get a license before I could buy the gun. During the melting process, it gave off terrible black smoke, sparks flew everywhere and it refused to melt into one neat piece. It remains a pile of crumbling metal. I have mounted it three different ways, not being satisfied with my first attempts. The images here are from the latest framing.