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The Knotted Gun

The sculpture Non-Violence is also known as “the knotted gun”. It was originally created as a memorial tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon, after he was shot and killed outside his home in New York City on December 8, 1980.

”WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON”

The knotted gun ”Non-Violence” was originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in New York City in December 1980. The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting peace and social change through education; to inspire, motivate and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts peacefully. To date, we have educated and trained more than 8 million students, teachers, sport coaches and volunteers on five continents, and have won several international and national awards for best practice.

For more information about how we educate young people around the world,
go to www.nonviolence.com.

A TRIBUTE TO NON-VIOLENCE AND PEACE

The idea behind the knotted gun was to honor John Lennon for his vision of a world at peace. At the time John Lennon was one of the most public advocates for peace and non-violence and in many of his songs, both as part of the famous pop group The Beatles, and together with his wife Yoko Ono, the lyrics focused on the vision of a world without violence. Here are the final lyrics of his most famous song, “Imagine”:

“Imagine all the people living life in peace You may say that I’m a dreamer But I am not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one.”

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