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The Knotted Gun sculpture designed by Patrizia Gucci
The Knotted Gun sculpture designed by Patrizia Gucci

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Gucci redesigns knotted gun to promote Non-Violence

ROME- Patrizia Gucci has crafted her own version of the internationally renowned symbol for the Non-Violence project foundation. As the only Gucci family member currently working in design today, she has redesigned the knotted gun created by artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward in 1980 which is on display outside the headquarters if the United Nations in New York City.

By DAISY RAICHURA, Italian Insider

The gun was then created as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in December 1980.

Patrizia Gucci is an abstract artist and designer who began work for the famous fashion house and shared her family’s name for twelve years until 1922.

Since then she has successfully produced her own fashion brand PATTI PATTI in Japan and over the more recent of years has become heavily involved in painting, making solo exhibitions everywhere from Vienna and Bahrain to Florence and Budapest.

Patrizia Gucci has designed this sculpture for Non-Violence project Foundation. The motive behind the art is to encourage, inspire and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts without the need for violence.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting peace and social change through education. Its Non-Violence Art Project is a new development to work with artists and promote the foundation’s cause. On buying their limited edition sculptures, part of the revenues goes to the Non-Violence Project and will contribute to the cause of social change and bringing peace to the world.

Patrizia Gucci decorated the wellness area of the Four Seasons Hotel’s Presidential Suite in Istanbul, with her designs of mosaics. Her version of the knotted gun reflects and mirrors parts of her homeland, Italy whilst weaving in contemporary fashion, such as the butterfly used by the fashion brand her great grandfather started in 1921.

“I love nature and took inspiration by Tuscany landscapes. The bird I designed on the sculpture, brings the branch of olive, symbol of Peace. The butterfly is a symbol of freedom. Flowers represent the nature. Everything is in a good balance and respect. In the nature we have peace and respect for each other” commented Patrizia Gucci.

The Patrizia Gucci sculpture is now available through the shop at Among the other ambassadors for the project are Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Muhammad Ali.

Published in Italian Insider, 25 May 2018



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We inspire, motivate and engage people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully through raising awareness and education.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation empowers people with creative tools and skills to cultivate awareness and understanding of non-violence, enabling them to overcome violence, leading to a virtuous cycle of positive impact. We believe that knowledge is power, and that creativity can help unlock the full potential of this power through skill-based learning and learning tools that are more engaging, impactful, and relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

We have educated more than 9 million people on five continents since the organisation was founded in 1993 in Switzerland. Our education programs and outreach initiatives have won several awards for best practise. President Obama awarded NVP the ”President’s Call to Service Award” in 2011. Other awards include the Presidential Daily Light Award, received by President Bill Clinton, the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by Rotary International, the American National Safety Council Award for best practise and the Weed & Seed Award given by US Justice Department in 2009.

It is thanks to our 30-year legacy, symbol of the Knotted Gun, innovative methods, and a growing community of change advocates like you that we can shape a more peaceful and non-violent world.

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