Non-Violence (sculpture)

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Non-Violence sculpture in front of UN headquarters NY.JPG
The sculpture at the United Nations headquarters in New York City
Artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd
Year 1985 (1985)
Type Sculpture
Location New York

Non-Violence[1] is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. Reuterswärd made this sculpture after singer-songwriter and peace activist John Lennon was murdered.[2]

There are currently 16 copies of the sculpture around the world, ten of them in Sweden. They are located in:

Location City Country
Bagers plats Malmö  Sweden (original)
United Nations Headquarters New York City  USA (original)
European Commission Kirchberg  Luxembourg (original)
Chaoyang Park Beijing  China
Federal Chancellery Berlin  Germany
Sergelgatan Stockholm  Sweden
Kungsportsavenyen Gothenburg, SE-O  Sweden

Outside Lilla Samskolan, Föreningsgatan, Gothenbourg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

Anna Lindh park Borås, SE-O  Sweden
Mémorial de Caen Caen  France
Olympic Museum Lausanne   Switzerland
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town  South Africa
The Museum of Sketches Lund, Malmö  Sweden
Roslagsbanan station Täby, Stockholm  Sweden
Fittja metro station Stockholm  Sweden
Åkeshov metro station Stockholm  Sweden
Brogatan Halmstad  Sweden
Kasernplan Landskrona  Sweden

The Museum of Sketches 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.

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


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