When the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersord created “Knotted Pistol” as a memorial sculpture in memory of his murdered friend John Lennon, he did not expect his sculpture to be shown at a major global event such as Expo 2020 Dubai.
Dubai was chosen as the first city to host this masterpiece, embarking on a global journey aimed at spreading the message of peace and non-violence and raising awareness of the need to achieve a more sustainable and diverse world.
The Swedish pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai showed “Knotted Pistol”, one of the most famous symbols of peace in the world, in the presence of Lislott Anderson, Sweden’s Ambassador to the country, and HE Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, in collaboration with Non-Violence Project Foundation and Original Voice Foundation Trust.
Her Excellency Amina Mohammed, Vice-Secretary-General of the United Nations, expressed her happiness that this event coincided with the United Nations Day of Honor and said: “UN Day is a very special day for us, it reminds us of humanity and how much we can work together. in hand, and it’s a special day. Also to reveal the masterpiece (the knotted pistol) of wood. “
She added: “Sustainability is on our agenda today, and our ambition is to make our world more sustainable, so that the future generation can benefit. For 30 years, the tied gun stands outside the UN headquarters in New York City and carries the message about non-violence and mitigate its manifestations in all its forms. “
Jan Teslev, Commissioner General for the Swedish Pavilion, said for his part: “In our pavilion, we try to convey a message about sustainability in a broad sense, environmentally, economically and socially. This structure of wood represents non-violence, which in turn is a prerequisite for achieving the goal of sustainability by 2030. ”
He added: “We all know that sustainability is not a top priority in conflict-torn countries, so in a way this masterpiece expresses sustainability, many issues such as climate change leading to conflicts between people such as conflict over water, borders, or land agricultural or natural resources.
He emphasized: “The sustainability culture fits well with our message that we highlight to our visitors at the Swedish pavilion and the world as a whole, which we hope they will help us spread by taking a picture with this symbol, and publish it on social media to reach the message to the largest possible segment. “
The Swedish pavilion will show the completely wooden version of “Knotted Hexagon”, from October 2021 to the end of March 2022, in line with the idea of the Swedish pavilion inspired by the forests, which reflects Sweden’s efforts as a leading country in the field of sustainability.