By Atika Abbasi.
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd sculpture of knotted gun outside UN Headquarters, in New York, carries immense significance in the present scenario of the world.
The Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd made a sculpture of a revolver with knotted barrel. The backdrop of the sculpture was his friend, the singer and peace activist John Lennon, who was shot dead in 1980 and Yoko Ono asked him to commemorate Lennon.
In the beginning, the sculpture was displayed at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, New York, across the street from where Lennon and Yoko lived. Later in 1988, the Government of Luxembourg donated the bronze sculpture to the United Nations. It was then, when the statue was brought to its present location, outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The sculpture features a 357 Magnum revolver with its barrel tied in upward direction. This sculpture is made of bronze and currently there are 30 copies of it, all over the world.
The sculpture compels the audience to inquire about the background as well as relate it the contemporary background. In the present world of widespread terrorism and violence, this statue carries thought-provoking message for every reflecting citizen.
Writer is an English literature student and hails from Islamabad.