Frank, what a fantastic topic this week – PEACE!!!! Why is it so hard … and why haven’t we learned????!!!
For this challenge is there only one way for me to go … and it’s so fantastic that Swedish art project and foundation that now is very Global, Global – nonviolence.com
“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”
“Tennis for Peace” by artists Billgren och Söderling.
The sculpture Non-Violence is also known as “the knotted gun”. It was originally created as a memorial tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon, after he was shot and killed outside his home in New York City on December 8, 1980.
Non-Violence, is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (1934 – 2016) of an oversized Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver with a knotted barrel and the muzzle pointing upwards. He had his studio here in my town – Landskrona
Most people recognize the sculpture, the most famous one is outside the United States scraper in New York, but the work is also found in Berlin and Beijing.
In the fall of 1993, somewhere in the mountains of Switzerland, the artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, senior creative director and marketing professional Rolf Skjöldebrand and Jan Hellman, a top-ranked IKEA director at the time working with Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s art collection, sat down for a dinner.
They discussed how the sculpture Non-Violence – known as one of the strongest peace symbols on the planet – could be elevated into becoming a symbol for tangible non-violence initiatives. Based on ideas of the power of knowledge, violence prevention, and conflict solving the Non-Violence Project was born with a goal to target the next generations inspiring them in how to adapt a peaceful lifestyle.
Since its inception in 1993, the organization has trained more than 8 million young people and teachers in 30 countries on 5 continents.
“Peace begins with a smile..”