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The Non-Violence Project Foundation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Knotted Gun

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The Non-Violence Project Foundation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Knotted Gun

Created in 1980 by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a tribute to his friend John Lennon, the sculpture Non-Violence is also known as the Knotted Gun. The idea behind the sculpture was to create a vision of a peaceful world, a vision deeply shared by Lennon and wife Yoko Ono.

Initially placed in the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, the Government of Luxembourg donated a bronze sculpture to the United Nations in 1988.  To quote former UN Secretary Kofi Annan: “The sculpture of Non-Violence has not only endowed the United Nations with a cherished work of art; it has enriched the consciousness of humanity with a powerful symbol that encapsulates, in a few simple curves, the greatest prayer of man which asks not for victory, but for peace.”

Since 1980, replicas of the knotted gun have been placed in more than 30 strategic places around the world, including the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, at the Waterfront in Cape Town and in the Peace Park in Beijing just to name a few.

Jan Hellman, Co founder of the Foundation declared:“The knotted gun carries a message that is at the same time powerful and easy for most people to understand. It makes people think about the impact of violence and non-violence. We are proud of that and we work hard to promote it everzwhere and especially among the young generations we train every year .”

The Knotted Gun around the world (click on image to watch VIDEO)
The Knotted Gun around the world

Limited editions of customized versions of the Knotted Gun are also made to support celebrities, among which our Ambassadors of Peace, to raise the awareness around the world about benefits of non-violence for the whole society.

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The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) is a non-profit organisation created in 1993 with a mission to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully. NVPF was founded in Switzerland and has educated more than 8 million young people, teachers, and sports coaches on five continents. 

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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.

We are a non-profit based in Geneva, Switzerland, but operating globally, which means you can join us wherever you are.

For more information about us and our initiatives please visit or contact us at

The Non-Violence Project Foundation
Avenue Louis Casaï 18
1209 Geneva