Monday, October 1, 2007

About Art - "Non-Violence" Sculpture

When the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd learned that his friend, John Lennon, had been murdered, he became so upset and angry over this senseless death and the many other outbursts of unnecessary violence that he went to his studio and started working on the “non-violence” project. “My first sketches in three dimensions were rather rough and simple, but the important thing was that the idea of the knotted barrel was with me from the very start,” he said.

The bronze sculpture was created for the government of Luxembourg, which offered it on September 30, 1988 to the seat of the United Nations in New York. The sculpture represents a revolver whos gun is tied, one which wants to be, as its name indicates, a symbol of non-violence, in accordance with the mission of peace in the world which the United Nations see entrusted by their charter.

From this piece of art, the Non-Violence Foundation has been formed using "The Knotted Gun" as its symbol. It was founded in 1994 by Dr. Michael Nobel as a non-profit organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, the Foundation operates in the United States, South Africa, Brazil, England, and Germany.

"The Knotted Gun" over the years has become a universal symbol of non-violence. The sculpture at the UN is located in the Visitor's Plaza, facing First Avenue at 45th Street. Replicas which can be found at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and prominent locations in Malmo, Sweden, Cape Town, and Miami. Find out more about the organization, sculpture and artist at:

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