When John wrote “Imagine” he had a vision of a world in peace. When I created my interpretation of the tied revolver symbol I thought back to “Imagine” and the text line “living as one” because both John and I were and are dedicated to the idea that world peace is a realistic goal. The Non-Violence Project takes that vision into the 21st century, says Yoko Ono about his work.
This is Yoko Onos own version of the sculpture
The sculpture Revolver with knot, “Non-violence”, was originally designed by artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd 1980, commissioned by Yoko Ono after John Lennon was murdered at his home in New York. It was created as a symbol of John Lennon’s peace struggle. Most people recognize the sculpture, which stands outside the UN scraper in New York.
Ringo Stars version of the sculpture
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd later transferred the rights to the sculpture to the organization Non-Violence Project Foundation, which since then has appointed a number of cultural ambassadors around the world.
The organization works to reduce violence in the world and educates children, among others, in non-violence.
KGH Border Services is named as peace ambassador in the Global Non Violence Army after donating a significant and important contribution to the Non Violence Project.
The Non Violence Project works to inspire, motivate and engage young people in positive thinking and behavior to make them understand and resolve conflicts without violence.
The Revolver with a knot, Non Violence, was created by the Swedish contemporary artist Carl Fredric Reuterswärd as a tribute and a memorial after the murder of John Lennon in New York, 1980. The original Revolver is located outside the United Nations building in New York as a symbol of peace.
IMAGINE – A WORLD IN PEACE is a project with individually painted Non Violence revolvers. The Non Violence revolver has inspired politicians, artists and role models throughout the world of sports, music and art – but also children worldwide.
This is our copy of the Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr designed Knotted Gun sculpture that was commissioned by the Non-Violence Foundation to commemorate the 31st anniversary of John Lennon’s murder.
This is the KGH Ringo Star designed “Drums for Peace” version of Reuterswärds Non-Violence gun.
Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Star are still active musicians and they have created colorful copies of the sculpture, “Music for Peace” and “Drums for Peace” supporting the Non-Violence project.