Yoko Ono at the non-violence project. (Courtesy Photo: Big Machine Media, LLC)


“While creating my interpretation of the knotted gun symbol, I thought back to ‘Imagine’ and the words “living as one” as both John and I were devoted to the idea that we can work together to achieve world peace and eliminate the violence and the suffering in this world.

As I have often said a dream we dream alone is just a dream, a dream we dream together is reality.”

Yoko Ono
New York City
19 April 2011

New York City – The Non-Violence Project, (NVP) is pleased to announce the world premiere of the Knot-Violence Exhibition Tour, which will feature non-violence sculptures interpreted by world personalities, youth from around the world as well as local youth from each city where the Exhibition is presented. The Tour will start in Mexico and then continue to Brazil, The United States, The United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, China and Sweden.

Yoko Ono has now joined the campaign and unveiled her interpretation of the iconic symbol, created in her late husband’s memory.

The Non-Violence Project’s signature logo is the well-known symbol of peace – the gun with the knotted barrel – created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980 in New York City.

So far, the knotted gun bronze sculpture proudly stands in more than 30 strategic public locations around the world, including the UN Headquarters in New York City, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the Waterfront in Cape Town and at the Peace Park in Beijing.

Founded in 1993, the Non-Violence Project Foundation, (NVP) is a Swiss-based, non-profit international youth education and leadership initiative promoting social change, with representation on five continents. NVP’s goal is to become the world’s foremost organization for violence prevention education and to create a meeting place for the next generation of leaders. Its objectives are simple: to inspire, motivate and engage young people in positive action. This is done through grass-roots education initiatives – schools the world over are equipped with programs which first instruct teachers, coaches and community leaders how to implement the courses and then giving the tools to do so as well. In classrooms, on sports fields and in recreational community centers across the globe, young people are engaged in exercises that address everything from bullying and self-esteem concerns to sexual harassment and anti-violence issues.


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