When Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersord created the “Knotted Pistol” as a memorial sculpture in memory of his assassinated friend John Lennon, he did not expect his sculpture to be on display at the biggest global event like Expo 2020 Dubai.
Dubai was chosen as the first city to host this masterpiece, to embark on a global journey aimed at spreading the message of peace and non-violence, and promoting awareness of the need to reach a more sustainable and diverse world.
The Swedish pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai displayed the “knotted pistol”, one of the most famous symbols of peace in the world, in the presence of Leslott Anderson, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the country, and H.E. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, in cooperation with the Non-Violence Project Foundation and the Original Voice Foundation Trust.
Her Excellency Amina Mohammed, Deputy 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 well we can work hand in hand, and it is a special day. Also, to unveil the masterpiece (the knotted pistol) made of wood.”
She added: “Sustainability comes 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 knotted pistol stands outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, carrying the message of non-violence and mitigating its manifestations in all its forms.”
For his part, Jan Teslev, Commissioner-General of the Swedish Pavilion, said: “In our pavilion, we seek to convey a message about sustainability in the broadest sense, environmental, economic and social. This structure made 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 in countries torn by conflict, sustainability is not a top priority, so in a way, this masterpiece expresses sustainability, many issues such as climate change lead to the emergence of conflicts between peoples such as conflict over water, borders, or land agricultural or natural resources.
He stressed: “The culture of sustainability fits well with our message that we highlight to our visitors at the Swedish Pavilion, and to the world as a whole, which we hope they will help us spread it by taking a picture with this symbol, and posting it on social media to reach the largest possible segment.”
The Swedish pavilion will display the completely wood version of the “Knotted Hexagon”, from October 2021 until 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.