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 Patrizia Gucci
Patrizia Gucci, the great-granddaughter of famous fashion designer Guccio Gucci, has made a name for herself as a successful artist, designer, and author. From Vienna to Florence to Budapest, her paintings appear in exhibitions throughout all of Europe.
As part of the Non-Violence Art Project, Gucci takes a stand against violence and offers a message of encouragement to young people. For her version of the knotted pistol, she drew inspiration from Tuscany. “The butterfly is a symbol of freedom, the flowers represent nature,” she says. “Everything is in harmony here, and a sense of mutual respect prevails.”
The base of the sculpture is painted gold. On it, there is a bird carrying an olive branch, a storied and instantly recognizable messenger of peace.