Non-Violence Sculpture - Caen, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 49° 11.873 W 000° 23.062
30U E 690545 N 5452747
Quick Description: The Non-violence sculpture was inspired by the murder of John Lennon. The Memorial of Caen owns one of the 16 copies of the Non-Violence sculpture placed around the world.
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 5/30/2013 1:32:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMH6G9
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Web-ling
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Long Description:

After the death of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, Yoko Ono asked his grieving friend, the sculptor Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, to create a tribute to John and his vision and advocacy for a more peaceful and non-violent world as expressed in the lyrics of many of his songs, particularly his 1971 song - Imagine.

"You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I am not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one"

The result was the now famous bronze Non-Violence sculpture. The Non-Violence sculpture has become a worldwide symbol of the non-violence movement. Three originals of this sculpture are located at United Nations Building in New York City, Malmö, Sweden, and Luxembourg. In addition to this one in Caen, 12 others can be found in China, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and Sweden.

Memorial of Caen is a military museum that tells the story of World War II. More recently it has been expanded to include the Cold War and the search for peace. It now considers itself a museum of the history of peace.

On the grounds of the museum there is one of 16 copies of the famous Non-Violence sculpture, also known as The Knotted Gun by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The sculpture depicts an 5' long by 2.5' high Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a the barrel knotted and pointing upwards. the sculpture rests on a 1' high bronze plinth which rests on a 4' high by 6' long by 3' wide by rectangular stone base.

A small plaque on the front of the base is inscribed:

Knotted Gun

don de l'artiste Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd
(gift of the artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd)

Memorial of Caen Museum Esplanade Eisenhower BP 55026, 14050 Caen Lower Normandy, France

Type of location: Beatles history

Connection to The Beatles:
The Non-violence was by created by his friend Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, at the request of Yoko Ono, as tribute to the murdered John Lennon and his vision and advocacy for a more peaceful and non-violent world.

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