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The Non-Violence sculpture, also known as the Knotted Gun, displayed on the Ile Rousseau in Geneva during SCULPTUREGARDEN
The Non-Violence sculpture, also known as the Knotted Gun, displayed on the Ile Rousseau in Geneva during SCULPTUREGARDEN

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The Knotted Gun being exhibited for the first time in Geneva

Geneva, 5th September 2022

The Non-Violence Project Foundation is thrilled that a replica of the Knotted Gun, an international symbol of peace and logo of the Foundation, has been exhibited for the first time in Geneva, a city hosting many international organizations striving for peace and the Foundation’s headquarters. The Knotted Gun’s replicas are displayed in more than 30 locations around the world. The art piece delivering a powerful message of non-violence, will be on display on the Ile Rousseau until the end of September as part of sculpturegarden, the Geneva Biennale art event. 

The Knotted Gun, a powerful symbol of peace and logo of the Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF)

The ‘Non-Violence’ sculpture, also known as the Knotted Gun, was created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd after John Lennon’s tragic death in 1980 to honor the singer’s vision of a peaceful world. Initially exhibited in the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, a bronze version of the sculpture was unveiled in 1988 in front of the United Nations’ headquarters where it still stands.

At the 10th anniversary of its unveiling, Kofi Annan, former UN General Secretary and Peace Nobel Laureate stated: “the Non-Violence sculpture has not only endowed the UN with a cherished work of art. It has also enriched the consciousness of humanity with a powerful symbol that encapsulates the greatest prayer of a man which asks not for victory but for peace.”

The Knotted Gun’s replicas in 30 locations around the world. Geneva hosting it for the first time

The Knotted Gun’s replicas are on display in many cities around the world as Stockholm, Berlin, Beirut and Los Angeles just to name a few. It is the first time that the City of Geneva hosts one.

Geneva is the perfect city in terms of symbols” declared Jan Hellman, Co-founder of the Non-Violence Project Foundation. “The presence of many international organizations and NGO as ours striving for peace and fundamental rights totally makes sense with the display of the Knotted Gun. We hope that all the international community living in the city and all the visitors will embrace the powerful message of the artpiece in such an inspiring location as Geneva”.

Partnership with Artgeneve and sculpturegarden

The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF), which mission is to promote education and awareness to stem violence, is thrilled to pursue the partnership initiated earlier in 2022 with ARTGENEVE. During the February artfair edition, some iconic versions of the Knotted Gun such as Ringo Starr’s “Drums for Peace” and “One World” from Joahn Ernst Nilson, two NVPF Peace Ambassadors, were displayed attracting a lot of interest.

Blaise Oberson, the NVPF’ CEO stated “we are extremely grateful to Artgeneve for their support. Art is a major component of our activity since, on top of education, we use the knotted gun to raise awareness on violence prevention. Enabling the Foundation to exhibit our symbol at sculpturegarden, contributes to attract people’s attention to a major societal and currently burning issue”.

For more information about the Knotted Gun's story please visit 

The knotted gun - The Non-Violence Project Foundation (

For more information about sculpturegarden visit sculpturegarden - Geneva Biennale

Cities for peace: to find out some of the cities hosting a replica of the Non-Violence sculpture click below


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The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Geneva and created in 1993 with the mission to inspire, motivate and engage people in order to prevent and reduce violence. The Foundation uses education and awareness raising to promote social change. Over 9 million people on 6 continents have attended NVP educational programs since 1993.

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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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