If We Only Have Love, We Can Melt all the Guns

My Wish for 2008 is for

Love, Understanding and Peace Among Nations of Our World. 

My husand Al and I sang “If We Only Have Love” with the Solivita  “Guys and Dolls Chorus” in their December 2007 Concert.

One verse from Jacques Brel’s “If We Only Have Love” brought to mind a recycling project I had read about a long time ago. Artist Bradley Mc Callum had converted confiscated guns into manhole covers. His art project on gun violence was exhibited at The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Connecticut.

If we only have love
We can melt all the guns
And then give the new world
To our daughters and sons
If we only have love
Then Jerusalem stands
And then death has no shadow
There are no foreign lands

bradely-mccallum.jpg 

Bradley Mc Callum with  his manhole cover project.

mccallumtarry.com – Manhole Cover Project: A Gun Legacy 1996   (Project photos and a brief description)

mccallumtarry.com – Project Description  (PDF file available)

9 Responses to “If We Only Have Love, We Can Melt all the Guns”

  1. Nancy Wibben Says:

    That’s an awesome story and song, Bobbi!
    Thanks for sharing, and God bless you for your heart of goodness!!
    Nancy Wibben

  2. Ira Schwartz Says:

    Hi Bobbi,

    All I can say is, lovely sentiment. If only —–
    EL Prado NM

  3. Doug Leffert Says:

    Bobbi,
    I still must say you have one of the best web site
    for its kind around… so well put together and informative…
    I wish you and Al the very best that life has to offer…
    Doug Leffert
    Solivita @ Poinciana FL

  4. Boris Bally Says:

    GREAT stuff, Bobbi!

    I love McCallum’s work.
    Hey- Happy New Year!
    PEACE!

    -Boris Bally
    Providence, Rhode Island USA
    [email protected]

  5. Arlene Says:

    Hi Bobbi,
    Fabulous web site….Congratulations….what an accomplishment.
    Regards,
    Your high school classmate,
    Maryvale ’55
    Arlene Gangloff Davis
    Florida Resident

  6. Sandy Wicker Says:

    Dear Bobbi,
    Peace with a passionate capital “P” would be a truly blessed 2008.
    Let’s keep hoping…
    Much love and good wishes for
    the New Year to you and all you Love,
    Sandy,
    Poet
    Former Reading Teacher from Smithtown, NY Elem. Sch.

  7. David Haussler Says:

    Bobbi,

    Very cool that they melted the guns to make manhole covers.
    Keep in Touch ~
    David T Haussler~Sculptor(LIPSS)

    Fort Salonga, NY USA
    http://www.dthsculptor.com

    Developing Public sculpture through our website at:
    http://WWW.LIPSS.NET
    (Long Island Professional Sculptors & Supporters)

  8. Gina Viera Says:

    Hi Bobbi
    I finally saw your website and loved it.
    Thank you for my calendar. As you can see I carry
    your “grateworks” calendar wherever I go.
    Thank you so much for the gift.

    Gina Viera

    Your Zumba Dance Instructor

    http://www.zumbasensations.com

  9. Jacqueline Tarry Says:

    Dear Bobbi,

    A very sincere thank you for listing our work on your site.
    You requested a clearer photo of Bradley Mc Callum
    to replace the one you posted.
    Unfortunately, I have no other image with Brad
    and the installation from that time.
    Your support is much appreciated and I look forward
    to meeting you in person soon!

    All the Best,
    Jacqueline Tarry
    http://www.mccallumtarry.com

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