Non-Violence (sculpture)

The Knotted Gun
Non-Violence sculpture in front of UN headquarters NY.JPG
The sculpture at the United Nations headquarters in New York City
ArtistCarl Fredrik Reuterswärd
Completion date1985

Non-Violence, also known as The Knotted Gun, is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with its muzzle tied in a knot.


Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd made this sculpture after the murder of John Lennon.[1] One copy was originally located at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park. In 1988, Luxembourg donated it to the United Nations, and the sculpture was moved right outside of the headquarters of the UN.[2][3]

Since 1993, the sculpture has been the symbol of The Non-Violence Project (NVPF), a nonprofit organization that promotes social change through violence-prevention education programs.

In 2011, Ringo Starr unveiled his own brightly colored version of The Knotted Gun that he created.[4]

For the 30th anniversary of the sculpture, the NVPF and the art dealer Hansen Fine Art launched a foot-long version of the sculpture sold online.[5] The United Nations Postal Administration issued three stamps depicting the sculpture.[6] In 2019, the NVPF worked with the Dalai Lama to make 150 small-scale Non-Violence sculptures from melted confiscated guns (Humanium Metal), including one copy signed by the Dalai Lama and auctioned at Sotheby's.[7]