Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd created the bronze sculpture "Non-Violence" in 1985 as an homage to John Lennon, who was shot in New York in December of 1980. This sculpture, a gun disarmed, now stands in 16 places around the world as a symbol of peace and non-violence.
The non-profit organization Non-Violence Project Foundation has made its goal to promote world peace through educational initiatives. As part of the Non-Violence Art Project, world-famous personalities such as Yoko Ono and Muhammad Ali create their own versions of the knotted-barrel revolver. A portion of the proceeds from these sculptures benefits the initiative.
About Paul McCartney
With songs like "Let It Be" and "Yesterday," Paul McCartney has composed some of the biggest pieces in pop history. His first major success came in October of 1963 with The Beatles when “Twist and Shout” conquered the charts. Today, he is in the Guinness World Records with over 100 million singles sales and 60 gold records to his name.
McCartney has been active in charitable causes since the 1970s. The former Beatle has played countless benefit concerts to help victims of natural disasters or support socially disadvantaged youths.
In April of 2012, Paul McCartney became a peace ambassador for the non-profit organization Non-Violence Project. McCartney’s pistol sculpture recreates the ornamentation and color scheme of his famous piano from Magical Mystery Tour. The colorful work of art is not only a symbol of peace, but also a piece of musical history.