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November 28, 2020
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40th anniversary of the Knotted Gun

The Non-Violence Project Foundation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Non-Violence sculpture also known as the Knotted Gun, a recognized universal symbol of non-violence and peace.

Created in 1980 by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a tribute to his friend John Lennon, the sculpture Non-Violence is also known as the Knotted Gun. The idea behind the sculpture was to create a vision of a peaceful world, a vision deeply shared by Lennon and wife Yoko Ono.

Initially placed in the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, the Government of Luxembourg donated a bronze sculpture to the United Nations in 1988.

24 Aug. 2018 New York NY USA Carl Fredrik Reuterswärds skulptur "Non Violence" utanför FN i New York.

To quote former UN Secretary Kofi Annan “The sculpture of Non-Violence has not only endowed the United Nations with a cherished work of art; it has enriched the consciousness of humanity with a powerful symbol that encapsulates, in a few simple curves, the greatest prayer of man which asks not for victory, but for peace."

Since 1980, replicas of the knotted gun have been placed in more than 30 strategic places around the world, including the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, at the Waterfront in Cape Town and in the Peace Park in Beijing just to name a few.

Jan Hellman, Co founder of the Foundation declared: “The knotted gun carries a message that is at the same time powerful and easy for most people to understand. It makes people think about the impact of violence and non-violence. We are proud of that and we work hard to promote it everzwhere and especially among the young generations we train every year .”

Knotted Gun limited editions of customized versions are also made to support celebrities, among which our Ambassadors of Peace, to raise the awareness around non-violence conflicts resolution and its benefits for society.

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The Non-Violence Project

The Non-Violence Project is a non-profit organization created in 1993 with the goal of preventing and reducing violence. The organization is headquartered in Switzerland and is active in many countries around the world. Its symbol, the Knotted Gun, is an international symbol of peace. 
To know more about the Foundation’s history click here

Our mission

Our mission is to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE and ENGAGE people to solve conflicts without resorting to any form of violence. Through education and awareness, we measure the impact of our programs and we have a specific focus on youth as we believe in the power of young people as changemakers. 
To know more about the Foundation’s mission click here

How you can support

There are many ways to support our work ! We rely on the generosity of our donors but we also welcome projects’ sponsoring, fundraising events, partnerships of all kinds and much more. 
To find how you or your organization can support the Foundation’s activities around the world, please click here


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