Providence, Rhode Island: The Gun Totem

A 12-foot-tall concrete obelisk has been embedded with 1,000 rusting guns. Unveiled in 2001.

Address:
S. Main St., Providence, RI
Directions:
In Memorial Park on the west side of S. Main St., across from the south end of the State Courthouse.
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Gun Totem.

The Gun Totem

Enjoyed walking in this park -- there are lots of things to see.

[Kathie, 09/20/2021]

Tranquility among the firearms.

Gun Totem Pole.

The Gun Totem

The Gun Totem is a sculptural collaboration between Artist Boris Bally and the Guns For Goods buyback program. Instead of being destroyed, guns were disabled and cast into a concrete pillar. The concrete was then chipped away to expose the guns. Worth a gander if you are in Providence.

[Bill La Civita, 01/14/2019]

The obelisk is 12 feet tall and contains 1,000 guns. They've gracefully oxidized since the artwork's unveiling in 2001.


Nearby Offbeat Places

Grave of Roger WilliamsGrave of Roger Williams, Providence, RI - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Lizzie Borden's Grave, Fall River, MA - 16 mi.

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