In 1998, artist and poet Christian Brun took on a bold new challenge: transforming deadly weapons into works of art.
Christian travelled to Mozambique to work with a team of Canadian and Irish volunteers on a unique community-based disarmament project. After the country’s civil war, thousands of guns, grenades and landmines remained a threat to the fragile peace. Together, the volunteers converted these decommissioned arms into creative sculptures that promote healing and reconciliation. The resulting exhibit toured Canada in the 1990s.
As well as the artistic endeavour, Christian’s placement involved work in community development, HIV/AIDS prevention and education and other human rights issues in Mozambique.
When Christian returned to Canada, he took on the role of Executive Director of the Maritime Fisherman’s Union where he protected the rights of coastal communities in Atlantic Canada. A well-respected leader, Christian had a reputation for being a fierce—but fair—negotiator who left a legacy of improvements in the fisheries industry.
Christian Brun died on December 5, 2016.