Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan today to turn the weapons collected at a recent gun buyback into plaques that will be inscribed with Seattle children’s words about gun violence. The plaques will be placed in city parks. No taxpayer money will be used for the program.
“These upcycled plaques, inscribed with the hopes and dreams of the next generation, will transform weapons of violence into something positive,” McGinn said at a news conference at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Chihuly Studio will donate the engraving and Schnitzer Steel will donate the work of turning the approximately 700 guns into plaques.
Students from first through 12th grades living in Seattle can submit a quote of no more than 50 words on the subject of gun violence to seattle.gov/mayor. Contest rules are also available at the website. The city Office of Arts and Culture will convene a panel to select entries to be engraved.