A new art installation in Daley Plaza aims to make a statement about how easy it is to purchase a gun. The installation features a row of replicas of automatic weapons on a rack, similar to how bikes are lined up in a bike-share station. A sign next to the display reads “Metro Gun Share Program”. The display also contains information about Indiana vs. Illinois gun laws. According to the display, one in five of the firearms used in gun violence in Chicago come from Indiana.
The art installation was put together by The Escape Pod and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and was created to spark conversation about gun control. The display also encourages donations to the Brady Center which advocates for extending background checks for all gun sales, banning assault weapons, and passing extreme-risk protection order laws. The art piece will remain in Daley Plaza until May 16th. After that, The Escape Pod hopes to move it to other locations around Chicago.