'The Knotted Gun' – Malmö, Sweden - Atlas Obscura

'The Knotted Gun'

This poignant sculpture of a gnarled weapon is a symbol of non-violence. 


This intriguing sculpture stands within Malmö, Sweden. It’s a striking work of art with a poignant message.

The Knotted Gun, also known as Non-Violence, was created made by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. It isn’t your ordinary image of a gun, as the end of its barrel twists into a knot. On the other side of the road, you can see its companion, a large square sculpture with a hole in it.

Reuterswärd was inspired to create this giant bronze depiction of a Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver after John Lennon was murdered. His artwork is both a symbol of and call for peace and non-violence.

Now, the image is the symbol of the Non-Violence Project, which is a nonprofit that is dedicated to changing the world through peaceful means. There are various knotted guns scattered throughout the world. The most famous and most visited version stands outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

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The sculpture is close to Malmö central station. You can walk by it at any time.

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