"Non-Violence" (a.k.a. "The Knotted Gun"), by Fredrik Reuterswärd, a gift from the Government of Luxembourg to the United Nations
by Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Oil on canvas, 1988
When the artist learned that his friend, John Lennon, had been
murdered, he became so upset and angry over this senseless death and the many
other outbursts of unnecessary violence that he went to his studio and started
working on the “non-violence” project. “My first sketches in three
dimensions were rather rough and simple, but the important thing was that the
idea of the knotted barrel was with me from the very start,” he said.
Much later he wrote that humor was the finest instrument to
bring people together. While making his peace symbol, he thought of adding a
touch of humor to make his “weapon” symbolically ridiculous and completely
out of order. The sketch is on display in the Conventional Arms Branch of DDA.