THE STORY BEGINS
Following the tragic and fatal shooting of his friend John Lennon, the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd created a tribute to embody John’s aspiration for a world without violence. The result was the iconic, ‘’Knotted Gun’’, which Carl Fredrik named ‘’Non-Violence’’.
The sculpture, initially displayed at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, was later cast in bronze and prominently installed in front of the United Nations’ headquarters in 1988. This move underscored its significance as a symbol of global peace and unity.
The Knotted Gun has been re-imagined by some of the world’s most well-known personalities, and our global list of the ambassadors we partner with continues to grow.
“I’M HOPEFUL THAT MY SCULPTURE MOVES PEOPLE. I AM ALSO HOPEFUL THAT THIS INCREDIBLE PIECE STARTS A CONVERSATION THAT SPREADS LOVE AND RESONATES WITH PEOPLE – THE MORE WE TALK AND COMMUNICATE THE MESSAGE OF HOPE AND PEACE. THE BETTER WE WILL BE.”
-Melissa La Bozzetta
“WE HOPE TO BRING MORE KNOWLEDGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND SPREAD THE NON-VIOLENCE PROJECT’S IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT NON-VIOLENCE.”
– Henrik & Joel Lundqvist
WHEN BUYING A KNOTTED GUN YOU SUPPORT THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON HOW TO SOLVE CONFLICTS PEACEFULLY. DISCOVER MORE ABOUT OUR MISSION →
“NON-VIOLENCE AND PEACE HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT TO ME AND I AM PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS IMPORTANT GLOBAL CAUSE.”
THE KNOTTED GUN: AN INTERNATIONAL SYMBOL OF PEACE
The Knotted Gun was recognised by the United Nations as a symbol of non-violence in 1988 when they placed the statue outside their headquarters in New York. Today it is recognised internationally, and can be seen in over 30 locations across the world.
“I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE AND JOIN THE NON-VIOLENCE MOVEMENT.”