Together with the Non-Violence Project Foundation and the Original Voice Trust, the Swedish Pavilion is bringing the Knotted Gun to Expo 2020 Dubai. For the first time ever, the symbol has been created in wood, resonating perfectly with the sustainably holistic Swedish Pavilion, The Forest.

This iconic symbol was unveiled to the public on 24 October by H.E. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, during her visit to Dubai for the Official UN Day.

“The Knotted Gun has come to symbolize the UN's commitment to world peace. It is a symbol that encapsulates the message of non-violence, and what better place to spread it than at Expo 2020 Dubai, with the world gathered in one place,” says Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

“This Non-Violence sculpture is an iconic work of art, but much more an encouragement to humanity not to ask for victory, but for peace. This first ever wooden version symbolizes the need for sustainable peace building. A symbol of the United Nations that reflects Sweden’s global commitment to peace and development,” says Jan Thesleff, Commissioner General of Sweden at Expo 2020 Dubai.

As one of the world’s most renowned peace symbols, the original Knotted Gun was created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial sculpture for John Lennon. Since its installation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in 1988, it has made a strong impact for peace and non-violence.

With the world gathered in the same place for six months, Expo 2020 Dubai is a well-suited platform to spread the core message for this peace symbol. Built from wood from the Swedish county of Dalarna, the Wooden Knotted Gun resonates perfectly with the holistically sustainable Swedish wooden pavilion, where the aim is to showcase that building in a sustainable way is possible. The sculpture will remain outside the Swedish pavilion for the duration of Expo 2020 Dubai.

For more information, please contact the Media Director of the Swedish Pavilion, Ms. Adriana Haxhimustafa, at +971 50 381 04 76 or 

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