The Release the Fear (a.k.a. "The Melted Weapons") Sculpture
If you've been at the intersection of Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix, you might have spotted the giant metal sculpture situated by the Metro Light Rail stop.
The figure is supposed to represent a man raising his arms toward the sky, though it's also been likened to Gumby and shotgun barrels.
Local artistRobert John Miley
spent more than ten years gathering materials and funds to erect "Release the Fear". The City of Phoenix donated the space for the statue, and law enforcement donated the confiscated weapons.
The weapons were melted down into a 3-D collage around the base of the statue, and are clearly visible as weapons -- revolver chambers, bullets, shotgun barrels, and triggers all mesh together into a poignant piece of art.
A close-up shot of some of the melted weapons in the sculpture.
The mission statement at the base of the sculpture.
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