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
ArtistCarl Fredrik Reuterswärd
Year1985 (1985)
LocationNew York

Non-Violence, also known as The Knotted Gun,[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]

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


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

Location City Country
Bagers plats Malmö  Sweden (original)
Headquarters of the United Nations New York City  USA (original)
Parc Central Kirchberg  Luxembourg (original)
Chaoyang Park Beijing  China
1865 Creative Park Nanjing  China
Federal Chancellery Berlin  Germany
Sergelgatan Stockholm  Sweden
Kungsportsavenyen Gothenburg  Sweden
Göteborgs Högre Samskola Stampgatan Gothenburg  Sweden
Göteborgs Högre Samskola Föreningsgatan Gothenburg  Sweden
Anna Lindh park Borås  Sweden
Mémorial de Caen Caen  France
Olympic Museum Lausanne   Switzerland
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town  South Africa
The Museum of Sketches Lund  Sweden
Täby Centrum station Täby, Stockholm County  Sweden
Fittja metro station Fittja, Stockholm County  Sweden
Åkeshov metro station Stockholm  Sweden
Mexipuerto Shopping Mall at Quatro Caminos Naucalpan Estado de México  Mexico
683 Calle Ferrocarril de Cuarnavaca Polanco Ciudad de Mexico  Mexico
Brogatan Halmstad  Sweden
AJ Produkter Headquarter. Transportvägen Halmstad  Sweden[3]
Green Hotel. Ovabacksgattu 17 Tällberg  Sweden[4][3]
Kasernplan Landskrona  Sweden
Perambur,ICF Chennai  India
Senaki - Leselidze Highway Rukhi Georgia

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.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Presentation page on the site of the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United nations" (in French). Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Non-Violence | Travel Blog".
  4. ^ "Pictures".

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