Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd ‘The knotted gun’. Image: Flickr Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd ‘The knotted gun’. Image: Flickr

The sculpture the knotted gun was created by artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (1934-2016) to honor his friend John Lennon after being shot outside of his home in New York in 1980. Reuterswärd was a Swedish sculptor and painter who studied under Fernand Legér in Paris during the 1950s.

Later on, Reuterswärd decided to donate the rights to use the symbol to the international non-profit organization The Non-Violence Project Foundation to promote its quest for peace and social change through education. The Non-Violence Art Project is a recent initiative to promote the cause even further. Through the project, artists, musicians, athletes and designers are to create their own interpretations of the knotted gun.

Paul McCartney’s ‘Music for Peace’. Image: Non-Violence Art Project Paul McCartney’s ‘Music for Peace’. Image: Non-Violence Art Project

Non-Violence Ambassadors who have contributed with their designs are, among others; Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Muhammad Ali and Ringo Starr. Next up is Swedish fashion designer Jonny Johansson, Creative Director and co-founder of Acne Studios.

The revolvers are available in different sizes, but in a limited edition, and will cost you 590 dollars. When buying these reinterpreted symbols of peace, part of the revenue goes to the Non-Violence Project Foundation and to projects for peace and social change.

Yoko Ono ‘Imagine’. Image: Non-Violence Art Project Yoko Ono ‘Imagine’. Image: Non-Violence Art Project

This year, beginning of October, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sculpture installation outside  the UN in New York and the 25th anniversary of the Non Violence Project.

Find your knotted gun at the Non-Violence Art Project’s online shop!

 

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