Belfast has been warmly welcomed into an illustrious group of locations around the world that have embraced The Knotted Gun sculpture and its supporting organisation, the Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF).
The city joins the likes of New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, Cape Town and Berlin in hosting a permanent sculpture of The Knotted Gun – an international symbol of peace created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd for his friend John Lennon after he was shot and killed outside his home in New York on December 8, 1980.
The bronze sculpture has been gifted to Belfast and its citizens by the Olsson Family from Sweden and was accepted on behalf of the city by Lord Mayor John Finucane at an unveiling ceremony held at Girdwood Community Hub in north Belfast, where it will be on permanent display.
As owners of Europe’s largest ferry company Stena Line, which operates seven ships and three routes to Britain from Belfast Harbour, the Olsson family has a long-standing relationship with Belfast and is committed to supporting lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
Presently there are over 30 locations around the world hosting one of the most recognisable symbols of peace which is supported internationally by a number of world-famous Global Non-Violence Ambassadors, including Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Lionel Messi and many others.
Stena Line owner Dan Sten Olsson commented: “Northern Ireland is a very important region to Stena Line and we have a long history and relationship with the community here, which has helped us create one of the company’s largest freight and passenger travel hubs.
“Since we moved our ferry services to Belfast in 1995, I personally and our company have established a bond with the city of Belfast and its people.”