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Sculpture made from illegal firearms to be displayed in Hartford

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Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, the Connecticut delegation, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra pose by the artwork with artist Michael Kalish. (WFSB photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, the Connecticut delegation, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra pose by the artwork with artist Michael Kalish. (WFSB photo)
People viewed the Raise the Caliber campaign tribute monument on Wednesday afternoon. (WFSB photo) People viewed the Raise the Caliber campaign tribute monument on Wednesday afternoon. (WFSB photo)
A woman touches the monument. (WFSB photo) A woman touches the monument. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A three-story-tall sculpture made from about 1 ton of shredded firearms that were collected during buyback programs was unveiled in Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.

The tribute monument is part of the Raise the Caliber campaign. The campaign's focus is to end illegal gun violence in the United States.

Artist Michael Kalish presented his completed masterpiece at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Wednesday.

"I wanted to portray a simple gesture. Something simple and profound. The origin of a handshake was to show there was not weapon and that was a profound statement," said artist Michael Kalish.

Connecticut will be the first place to display the around 2,000-pound monument. The piece of art will be on display on the west lawn at Bushnell Park for nine months before it is sent to Detroit.

The Raise the Caliber campaign was started by the CEO of Jewelry for a Cause, Jessica Mindich, who is a West Hartford native.

For more information on the Raise the Caliber campaign, click here

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