The Non-Violence sculpture is also known as The Knotted Gun sculpture. The Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd created this piece in bronze following the shooting of former Beatle John Lennon in 1980.
The sculpture was created as a memorial tribute with the idea behind it being a vision of a world at peace. Initially, the sculpture was placed in the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park in New York. In 1988 the Government of Luxembourg donated it to the United Nations.It has remained outside their headquarters in New York ever since.
Since 1993, the sculpture has been the symbol of The Non-Violence Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes social change through violence-prevention education programmes.
There are over 30 copies of the Knotted Gun sculpture around the world. The photos in this article were taken at the Caen Mémorial Museum, Centre for History and Peace in Normandy. The sculpture is displayed in the grounds of the museum close to the entrance.
You can read about the Caen Mémorial Museum here.
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