This sculpture was created by Robert John Miley and is made of melted down weapons that were used in violent crimes throughout the state of Arizona. Miley spent 10 years gathering materials and funds for the statue. The city of Phoenix chose the location and Arizona law enforcement donated the confiscated weapons. It stands 24 feet tall and weighs 8.5 tons.
The base of the statue is configured so bits of the weapons are easily recognizable.
Miley named the statue for an organization he founded called Release the Fear, Inc. The non-profit was organized to "counter the effects of violence in our society".