THE KNOTTED GUN

The knotted gun ”Non-Violence” was originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Rueterswärd
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.

”WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON”
– John Lennon.The Knotted Gun
Bronze 32 cm
Black granite polished base
Limited edition of 75
Price: 9750 USD

CARL FREDRIK REUTERSWÄRD, “NON-VIOLENCE”

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd belongs to the group of successful Swedish artists. He has a strong and solid anchoring in the international art world and has an extensive representation in both public and private collections, including Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum Malmö, Sprengel Museum Hannover. Besides, he is also represented at Nationalmuseum Stockholm, the Museum of Modern Art New York, Centre Pompidou Paris and several other collections.

John Lennon was murdered outside his home in New York, in 1980. The whole world was upset and mourned the pop idol, whom so meaninglessly had been affected by the violence. Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd was deeply taken and, both as a tribute to John Lennon and as a protest against violence, he created this, his most iconic work – “Non-Violence”.

It is a sculpture in bronze, symbolizing a Colt Python 357 Magnum revolver, which pipe points upwards and has a knot. In a direct and uncompromisingly manner he managed to turn an object, traditionally used for attack, defence and protection, into a symbol with a universal and clear message of non-violence and peace.

In 1988, the sculpture was placed outside the UN-building in New York. Ever since, many cities around the world have “Non-Violence” in different designs as an important peace symbol in the urban environment. “Non-Violence” is an important and up-to-date work which, through its prominent location, hopefully can achieve that the world-community and humankind never forget the goal of creating peace on earth.

/ Göran Christenson former Museum director Malmö Konstmuseum

 For more information about the Non-Violence Project, go to www.nonviolence.com.