Non-Violence (sculpture)

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The Knotted Gun
Non-Violence sculpture in front of UN headquarters NY.JPG
The sculpture at the United Nations headquarters in New York City
ArtistCarl Fredrik Reuterswärd
Completion date1985

Non-Violence, also known as The Knotted Gun, is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with its muzzle tied in a knot.


Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd made this sculpture after the murder of John Lennon.[1] One copy was originally located at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park. In 1988, Luxembourg donated it to the United Nations, and the sculpture was moved right outside of the headquarters of the UN.[2][3]

Since 1993, the sculpture has been the symbol of The Non-Violence Project (NVPF), a nonprofit organization that promotes social change through violence-prevention education programs.

In 2011, Ringo Starr unveiled his own brightly colored version of The Knotted Gun that he created.[4]

For the 30th anniversary of the sculpture, the NVPF and the art dealer Hansen Fine Art launched a foot-long version of the sculpture sold online.[5] The United Nations Postal Administration issued three stamps depicting the sculpture.[6] In 2019, the NVPF worked with the Dalai Lama to make 150 small-scale Non-Violence sculptures from melted confiscated guns (Humanium Metal), including one copy signed by the Dalai Lama and auctioned at Sotheby's.[7]


Non-Violence, or The Knotted Gun, is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with its muzzle tied in a knot. According to Kofi Annan, "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."[3]»

The Museum of Sketches for Public Art in Lund (Sweden) holds a sketch of the firearm on which Reuterswärd noted that his grief at the murders of Lennon and Bob Crane inspired him to design this artwork.


There are currently 31 copies of the sculpture around the world. They are located in strategic places such as :

Country Photo City Location Since
1  Sweden Non violence sculpture by carl fredrik reutersward malmo sweden.jpg Malmö Bagers plats (original) 1985
2 Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd Non-Violence Sergelgatan 03.JPG Stockholm Sergelgatan
3 Gothenburg Kungsportsavenyen
4 Non-violence-Samskolan-erik-ekholm.jpg Gothenburg Göteborgs Högre Samskola Stampgatan
5 Non-Violence Stora Samskolan.jpg Gothenburg Göteborgs Högre Samskola Föreningsgatan
6 Non-violence.JPG Borås Anna Lindh park
7 Lund The Museum of Sketches
8 Non Violence 1998. Täby. Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd.JPG Täby, Stockholm County Täby Centrum station
9 Fittja, Stockholm County Fittja metro station
10 Stockholm Åkeshov metro station
11 Non-Violence - Halmstad.jpg Halmstad Brogatan
12 Halmstad AJ Produkter Headquarter. Transportvägen[8]
13 Tällberg Green Hotel. Ovabacksgattu 17[8]
14 Landskrona Kasernplan
15  USA (original) Non-Violence sculpture in front of UN headquarters NY.JPG New York City Headquarters of the United Nations 1988
16  Luxembourg (original) Kirchberg Parc Central
17  China Nonviolencebeijing.jpg Beijing Chaoyang Park
18 Nanjing 1865 Creative Park
19  Germany Berlin Federal Chancellery
20  France Caen Mémorial de Caen
21   Switzerland Non-Violence (sculpture), Musée olympique, Lausanne.jpg Lausanne Olympic Museum
22  South Africa Cape Town Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
23  Mexico Mexico City Mexipuerto Shopping Mall at Quatro Caminos Naucalpan
24 Mexico City 683 Calle Ferrocarril de Cuarnavaca Polanco
25  India Chennai Perambur, ICF
26  Georgia Rukhi Senaki - Leselidze Highway
27  Lebanon Lebanon-beirut-non-violence-sculpture.jpg Beirut Seafront[9] 2018
28  Northern Ireland Belfast Girdwood Community Hub
Gift from the Olsson family[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Presentation page on the site of the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United nations" (in French). Archived from the original on 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  3. ^ a b Martin Chilton, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, sculptor of knotted revolver peace symbol, dies,, 4 May 2016
  4. ^ Adam Sherwin, And then there were four: Ringo picks up his paintbrush,, 9 December 2011
  5. ^ Anna Harstedt, Celebrating the iconic Knotted Gun sculpture at the United Nations in NYC, 30 years later,, 4 October 2018
  6. ^ Denise McCarty, U.N.'s new Knotted Gun stamp designs,, 25 September 2018
  7. ^ Ben Paynter, They’re recreating this classic anti-gun-violence sculpture with metal from melted-down guns,, 10 January 2019
  8. ^ a b A blog entry dedicated to the gun with the knot on the barrel,, 31 July 2011
  9. ^ Knotted Gun Sculpture Unveiled in Beirut,, 2 October 2018
  10. ^ John Donohoe, The Knotted Gun, symbol of peace, erected in Belfast,, 16 September 2019

Coordinates: 40°45′03″N 73°58′04″W / 40.75083°N 73.96778°W / 40.75083; -73.96778