Colombian Artist Recycles Brass And Shells Into Art

Colombian artist Federico Uribe uses recycled shells and brass to make sculptures as well as mosaics. His story is that he is taking items of war and pain and turning it into something beautiful. He does recognize the impact his art has and where it is shown. He is trying to draw attention to the conflicts in Colombia as opposed to making art as an homage to hunting and sport.

Brass 3 Brass 2 brass 1

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • GhostTrain81

    Nicholas C … thanks for spelling Colombian correctly.

    FYI for everyone else – There is no “u” ! Every time I see this I cringe.

    • Nicholas C

      Lol I didn’t even notice that.

    • Kivaari

      Except for people from the PNW are so used to Columbia, as in Columbus. The Columbia River Basin and Gorge. It’s easy for North Americans to spell it in English.

    • CavScout

      District of Colombia

  • Chadd

    I did something like this once. It was to bring awareness to the joy firearms can bring and how much of a sense of belonging that it can bring to someone that has always felt like an outcast.
    If you notice, there’s no .45acp. That was intentional to show my hate for slide bite!

    Wait, does he use shells from actual events? I feel like that could be seriously counterproductive to ending gun crimes by removing evidence.


    Despite these pieces coming from a view that guns are a net negative, you have to admit that they are beautiful! They are at least better executed than the tied up Python in NYC, or the Murder Cube.

    Ave Saluto Nex Alea

  • M.M.D.C.

    As a shooter, I’m siding with the Texans in their interpretation of his art.

    As an art critic, I think it’s lazy and trite.

    • Kivaari

      It’s good. His art is valued in the eye of the beholder.

      • M.M.D.C.

        I’m confused, is it objectively good or subjectively ‘valued?’

        You might have noticed that each of my ‘valuations’ of his art is overtly subjective.

        • Kivaari

          Up to you. His political statement can be shoved where no light can shine on his art.

  • Joshua

    I kind of want the jaguar.

  • Vhyrus

    So does he just sweep the street in front of his house every morning for the brass?

    • Cottersay


  • Right-wing Realist✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

    I would for sure hang that duck on my wall

  • chuckles

    I’m from Texas so I would like one just to have spares when you police up your brass and are 1 or 2 short for a box of reloads, you could just hit the wall.