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Old Feb 8, 2010, 1:54 PM   #1
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Old Feb 8, 2010, 3:28 PM   #2
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I think I've seen this sculptre somewhere else but I don't remember where it was.... Looks kinda weird, but I like it
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Old Feb 9, 2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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The gun is a replicate of the famous "knotted gun" exhibited in the United Nations park in New York city, originally made by the Swedish sculptor Carl Fredrik Reutersward in 1980. In fact i shouldn't have posted it as a "funny" pick. Sorry.
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See the Wikipedia artical on Carl Fredrik Reutersward.

In addition to being outside the UN Headquarters in New York, it also lists Berlin, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Caen and Kirchber as cities where “The knotted gun” appears. Apparently someone should add Beijing to the list.

Apparently, Reuterswärd knew John Lennon, and he created “The knotted gun” after he learned of Lennon's death.
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 5:13 AM   #5
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This raeplica is situated in Chaoyang Park, Beijing, where there're some other peace sculptures sent from different parts of the world. Here's a brief story:

The unveiling ceremony for the "Non-Violence" sculpture donated to Beijing by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd was held in Chaoyang Park on December 19, 2008. Wu Guiying, member of the standing committee of CPC of Chaoyang district in addition to vice-governor of the district and Mikael Lindstrom, ambassador of Sweden to China attended the ceremony and jointly unveiled the sculpture.
The "Non-Violence" sculpture, a handgun with its gunpoint in a knot, is one of the representative works of Mr. Reuterswärd. The first Non-Violence sculpture was placed in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 1988. Henceforth, 14 sculptures on the same theme were erected in many cities in Europe and South America. This one is the first ever sculpture for "Non-Violence" erected in Asia. The artist hopes, through his works, to promote and popularize the Olympic spirit of "Peace and Friendship"conveyed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
On the unveiling ceremony, Wu Guiying, vice-governor of Chaoyang district and Mikael Lindstrom, ambassador of Sweden to China delivered speeches respectively. It was their common hope that they would further strengthen the friendly relationship between Chaoyang district and all walks of life of Sweden, broaden communication and cooperation in serving foreign staffs and foreign-funded companies in the district, and jointly create a top-class international urban district with characteristics of open, safe, stability, harmony and ecologically habitability.
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Anyways....The first Non-Violence sculpture was placed in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 1988.
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