Asif Farooq’s Cardboard Guns

Miami based artist Asif Farooq builds highly detailed replicas of guns using only found cardboard, an X-Acto Knife, and glue.  The weapons are build to mimic their real life counterparts in both detail and size.  Farooq constructed 300 of these cardboard replicas in order to create an entire “gun shop”.  The atmosphere of danger that surrounds the weapons is contrasted by the nature of his medium.  His sculpture not only encourage viewers to confront a fear of the weapons but to also contemplate that fear.  Farooq’s work is especially relevant in the midst of recent gun-control debates.