THE KNOTTED GUN
The sculpture Non-Violence is also known as “The Knotted Gun”. It was originally created as a memorial tribute to John Lennon, by Swedish friend and artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd.
A TRIBUTE TO NON-VIOLENCE and peace
The idea behind the knotted gun was a vision of a world at peace.
A RENOWN AND GLOBAL SYMBOL
Initially, the sculpture was placed in the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, NYC as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot to death outside his home in NYC in 1980. In 1988, the Government of Luxembourg donated a bronze sculpture to the United Nations.
It was placed outside the United Nations headquarters in New York and Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, stated at the 10 year anniversary:
“The sculpture 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; that which asks not for victory, but for peace.”
Since the honorable placement at the United Nations, replicas has been placed at 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.
The Non-Violence sculpture in the Olympic Park in Lausanne, Switzerland. See more sculptures.