Non Violence

There is now one very powerful symbol against unnecessary and unprovoked violence, whose presence is spreading all around the world.

Non-Violence – or “the knotted gun” is familiar to literally millions of people all over the world. For those who visits the United Nations building in New York, it is usually the first thing they see and the thing they remember best. Through postcards and snapshots, it has become well known even to many who have never set foot in New York. That is not only because of the striking image of the work of art itself. It is also because the sculpture expresses, perhaps more clearly than any other single item, what the United Nations stands for: our commune mission to defeat the forces of violence and hatred which exist in our world; our perpetual struggle to confront the worst in man with the best in man.

It was when Fredrik Reuterswärd learned that his friend, John Lennon the very famous member of The Beatles, had been murdered that he started working on the “non-violence” project. Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd had earlier experimented with knots on pens and it was something he brought with him into this project. A “knotted gun” was the basic idea already from start that he experimented with. Very early sketches and prototypes show how much energy and determination he put into making the non violence revolver. Reuterswärd wrote later that humor was the finest instrument to bring people together. While making his peace symbol, he thought of adding a touch of humor to make his “weapon” symbolically ridiculous and completely out of order.

In 1995 Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd was one of the founders of the Non-Violence Project. In 1998 over 3 000 000 young people were engaged in non violence projects in schools on three continents. The Non-Violence Project has received recognition through The Paul Harris Fellow Award, of Rotary International, 1997; The Award of Honor by the Safety Council of the United States, 1999; The Daily Points of Light Award was allotted by The US President for the best civil cooperation in USA year 2000.

The non Violence art can be seen:

In Malmö, Sweden

On the grounds of the UN building in New York, USA

In Luxembourg, Luxembourg, on Kirchberg in front of the Monnet Building. It is the third of the original three sculptures.

In Berlin, Germany at the parc of the federal chancellery. It was unveiled in 2005 by chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who received it from Reuterswärd in recognition of his Iraq policy.

In Caen, France at the Mémorial de Caen, a world war II museum close to the disembarkments in Normandy. Unveiled in 2005. It is called “canon noué”.

In Cape Town, South Africa at the entrance to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. It was unveiled in 1999 when the government announced its stringent new gun control legislation.

In Liverpool, UK, in Cavern Walks shopping centre, next door to the original site of
the famous Cavern Club in Mathew Street where the Beatles played in their early daystogether. It was unveiled in 2000 by Dr Michael Nobel, then head of the Nobel family

society and chairman of the Non-Violence Foundation.

In Lausanne, Switzerland at the Olympic Museum.

In Stockholm, Sweden.

In Miami, USA.

In Göteborg/Sweden.