That Bike Is the Bomb: Repurposed Weapons of War in Syria
There are so many things to hate about Syria’s brutal civil war.
But here’s a very small one to like: photos on Facebook of Syrians transforming war’s leftovers into useful everyday objects. It turns out that reclaimed bomb casings are great for making everything from motorcycle frames to water storage tanks.
This is a glimpse of what hope looks like in the middle of one of the world’s bloodiest war zones:
Makeshift flowerpots made from bomb shells, as posted on the popular Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page.
A water tank in the Damascus suburb of Douma is fashioned from a bomb. The slogan reads, “I am the drink of freedom.”
Don’t get rear ended! This bomb-casing motorcycle frame was photographed in Deir ez-Zor.
On a Facebook group about the war-torn city Aleppo, somebody posted a photo this chess set made from spent munitions. (While meant to inspire Syrians, the picture was likely taken in Afghanistan.)
A sculptor in the town of Deir ez-Zor makes art out of spent bullet casings.
A Syrian boy in an empty classroom learns arithmetic using empty, high-caliber bullet casings.
This explosively awesome ride — save your Slim Pickens jokes — can be found rolling through the streets of Douma.
A young Syrian girl places flowers in a steel helmet and a mortar shell. The photo was posted on Facebook with the caption, “The child is saying it all.”