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Non violence and the knotted gun worldwide

There are currently more than 30 ongoing wars or conflicts worldwide. But some people are working on it. In case they succeed in ending these, we will have plenty of symbols and signs to disclose the achievement. Pictures of a dove with an olive branch, the CND sign by Gerard Holtom, the new interpretation of the victory-sign hand gesture, or the “Pace” rainbow flag, there’s much to chose from. But there’s one more symbol, whose presence is slowly spreading all around the world.

knotted gun luxembourg non violence

In 1980 Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd created an artwork, known as “Non violence” or “The knotted gun”, for reasons described as follows:

When the artist learned that his friend, John Lennon, had been murdered, he became so upset and angry over this senseless death and the many other outbursts of unnecessary violence that he went to his studio and started working on the “non-violence” project. “My first sketches in three dimensions were rather rough and simple, but the important thing was that the idea of the knotted barrel was with me from the very start,” he said.

The swedish artist produced different variations of the piece, the most famous being the sculpture installed in 1985 in Malmo/Sweden. It consists of a large replica in bronze of a 45-calibre revolver, the barrel of which is tied into a knot. The gun is cocked, but the knot makes it clear that it will not shoot.

Replicas of the sculpture have been installed in many countries since then, one being in New York/USA at the Grounds of the United Nations. It was one of the first three versions of the sculpture, bought by the Luxembourg government and offered to the UN in 1988. It was said then that:

With Non-Violence, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd has not only endowed the Untited Nations with a cherished work of art; he has enriched the consciousness of humanity with a powerful symbol. It is a symbol that encapsulates, in a few simple curves, the greatest prayer of man: that which asks not for victory, but for peace.

Other replicas can be found

  • in Luxembourg/Luxembourg, on Kirchberg in front of the Jean Monnet Building. It is the third of the original three sculptures, the other two being in Malmo and New York. Pictures on this site.
  • in Berlin/Germany at the parc of the federal chancellery. It was unveiled in 2005 by chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who received it from Reuterswärd in recognition of his Iraq policy (english articles about the unveiling here and here, german background article here, picture here)
  • in Caen/France at the Mémorial de Caen, a world war II museum close to the disembarkments in Normandy. Unveiled in 2005. (pictures of the “canon noué” can be seen here and here, articles here and here)
  • in Cape Town/South Africa at the entrance to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. It was unveiled in 1999 when the government announced its stringent new gun conrol legislation. (pictures here and here)
  • in Liverpool/UK, in Cavern Walks shopping centre, next door to the original site of the famous Cavern Club in Mathew Street where the Beatles played in their early days together. It was unveiled in 2000 by Dr Michael Nobel, then head of the Nobel family society and chairman of the Non-Violence Foundation (article here)
  • in Lausanne/Switzerland at the Olympic Museum (picture here or here)
  • in Stockholm/Sweden (1995 – unveiled by HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden in the middle of Sergelgatan, picture here)
  • in Miami/USA (no pictures found)
  • in Göteborg/Sweden (1997 – Kungsportsavenyn & Engelbrektsgatan, picture here)

Reuterswärd wrote later that humor was the finest instrument to bring people together. While making his peace symbol, he thought of adding a touch of humor to make his “weapon” symbolically ridiculous and completely out of order.A flickr set of this remarkable John Lennon memorial can be found here, including sculptures and sketches.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation was registered in Bagnes Valais, Switzerland in 1993 and has  offices in Stockholm, New York, Miami, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, South Africa and London.

If you know details about other places where the sculpture can be found, feel free to share your wisdom here. There should be at least 11, according to other sources more than 20.

Knotted gun luxembourg

Update2009: It was brought to my attention that in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), at a roundabout near the Japanese Bridge, a giant revolver with a large knot tied in the barrel was revealed in 1999, after the government seized all the guns it could find. It’s no Reuterswärd, but it’s pretty obvious what inspired this one (picture here and here).

Update2010:  30 Years after Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon, the Non-Violence artwork gained some publicity again. Another replica was unveiled in the Honolulu Community College on 8/12/2010 (more info here, here and here). The Kunstmuseum Bayreuth had organized a Reuterswärd exhibition, which convinced the artist to create another Non-violence artwork, a red “drawing in space” formed of steel bands, as a graphical symbol in the cityscape.
In addition, the Knot Violence Futbol for Peace Campaign was launched during the soccer worldcup in South Africa, the Knot Violence Box and other merchandise became available (more info here).
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Concertagenda: Andy McKee zu Déifferdéng

Nodeem ech onglecklecherweis réischt ze speit vun desem grandiosen Concert héiren haat, a mech mat youtube opnahmen bis zu hirer naechster appearence hinhaalen, hei dann mat enger ubruechter Firlaafzait eng Paerel ennert de Concerts-Ukennegungen:

Den Andy McKee (28) spillt akustesch Guitar, Perkussioun, Harfe, an daat alles beieneen. Bekannt, nee, berühmt ass e gin, wéi sech dat an der informatiounsgesellschaft gehéiert, iwwer den Internet. Méi genee iwwer youtube, wou en sech Ufank des Joers ennert den top rated music clips just na selwer konnt iwwerbidden (2mol). Sou haat en déi Zait mat Drifting, Rylynn an Africa d’Plaazen 1, 2 an 3 am youtube ranking fir sech gebucht.

Mettlerweil um gudde Wee zum stardom, verpasst de Fingerstyle Artist et natiirlech och net sech engem Letzebuerger publique virstellen ze kommen. Zimlech exklusiv, sengen Tourdaten no ass e soss naemlech just an de States, Japan an UK ennerwee. Wéi et mer schéngt iwwerall just mat Guitar, ouni aaner Museker, an ouni Gesang, also mat deem waat e wéi keen zweete beherrscht. Daat ganzt de 24. November am Déifferdénger Schlass, wéi et hei um centenaire site vun der Stad vermierkt ass. Lucky us. Wou gin et Ticketen?

A wa mer grad bei Concerten sin : wou fannen ech en up to date Agenda vu Concerten zu a rondrem Letzebuerg? Huet een sech déi Méi gemaach sou eppes zesummenzestellen, oder muss ee weiderhin bei den atelier (bloodhound gang am Oktober, 90s and still got it), d’kufa (peuple de l’herbe am Oktober, ganz grouss), d’abtei neumünster (legotrip dese Méindeg am Kader vu Meluxina), Rockhal (chuck berry am November, rock n roll legend !) a limite souguer RTL Agenda kucken goen fir ze wessen waat an deem Kontext usteet? Plurio gesait jo aus wéi e gudden Ufank, ass awer a mengen Aen iwwerlueden. Kann een sech do net nach selwer Filteren drop programméiren (den Agenda um neien VdL site mecht daat jo och someway), da kéint et jo intressant gin. Wee wees daat deem schreiwen ech e plus an.

EDIT: notzbar an deelweis flott gemaachen Agendas fennt een bei Fanhead, DisAgreement a Backline.

Andy McKee rediscovered via coffee and tv

Unintended – Muse concert @ Rockhal / Luxembourg

Muse huet an der Rockhal gespillt !

Muse @ Rockhal Luxembourg

Net wait vun do wou sie schon 2002 um Steelworx festival gerockt hun, huet d’equipe em den Matt een exceptionnelen concert gespillt. Och wan sie vun der Musek hir net dermoossen evoluéiren, kréien se et dach hin mat vill elektronescher Ennerstetzung (ween ass eigentlech dee 4. kaerel deen waerend dem concert hannen um computer setzt an vocoder steiert an zousaetzlech spueren aspillt?) an duerch eng äusserst gelongen lightshow (mat 3 groussen ecran’en iwwert der Bühn, wou divers nei videoen a visuals waerend der show gewisen gin), dass hiren Optrett iergendwou memorabel bleiwt.

Muse @ Rockhal Luxembourg

Start war géint 8:40, an d’setlist, bei muselive geklaut, war déi hei:

1. Knights of Cydonia
2. Hysteria
3. Supermassive Black Hole
4. Map of the Problematique
5. Butterflies & Hurricanes
6. Micro cuts
7. Hoodoo
8. Feeling Good
9. Sunburn (Matt on piano)
10. Invinvible
11. Starlight
12. Man of Mystery
13. Time is Running Out
14. Riff 2
15. Newborn + Riff
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16. Unintended (Matt on acoustic guitar)
17. Plug in baby
18. Crazy Daft Punk Style Riff with Korg pad
19. Stockholm Syndrome + Riff
20. Take a Bow

woubai natirlech d’spillen vun Unintended (sait 6 Joer net méi gespillt according to Matt) an Micro cuts bei aalen Fans besonnesch gutt ukomm ass. E puer Videoen gin et scho bei youtube & co : Unintended (again, and again), micro cuts, riff vun man of mystery, schluss vun plug in baby mat de klasseschen konfetti ballonen, starlight, feeling good, sunburn. A mettlerweil nach vill méi.

Muse @ Rockhal Luxembourg

Schued war just, dass et zevill professionell gewierkt huet, ee lidd nom aaneren, an ausser Luxembourg ca va? an goodbye tschuess gouf bal naischt geschwat. Anyway, invincible show, merci atelier.

a mol gespaant ob se um ring dann alt na bliss an muscle museum spillen, déi lidder hun hei gefeelt.

Edit: Ennert deene 5000+ Leit waren och de Joel, d’Andrea, de Cams, den Nigel (flott Fotoen), de Georges, den Tom an d’Steph, déi hir impressiounen vum concert matdeelen. Ausserdem nach Fotoen beim Pitsch, beim Nickie, an eng flott gallery bei microcuts.

Zu Belval ass e Saak Rais emgefall

E saak rais

Eigentlech wollt ech jo geschter just d’maquetten vum Architekteconcours fir d’Maison du savoir op Esch Belval kucken goen. Mais vu dass ech do net kenneg sin stoung ech da beemol firun der fréierer Gebléishal vun der Arbed. An déi hellblo Faarw vun de calicoten drop huet mer spontan loscht op eng kultruell Erfahrung gin.

D’Ausstellung heescht “All we need“, a soll d’visiteuren ureegen ze iwwerleen waat wierklech wichteg ass am liewen. Praktesch bedeit daat, dass 10 Thematiken op 4 Staeck duerstellen, waat de Mensch als lieweswaert valeuren kann considéréiren.

Relax water

Ugefaang mat Fraizait (relax), eng Plage an eng originell Mieresduerstellung, déi et och net Katholiken erlaabt iwwert d’Waasser ze goen. Bei survive stin kéipweis Iesswueren rondrem, a kleng Kanner kennen sech mat enger ganzer wand voll singing fish ameséiren. Méi obskur ass d’Statioun 3, Choose, flott der Konsumgesellschaft de Spijhel roofgerappt an d’Mask firgehaal, an eise choix tescht shampoo a seefen dem choix tescht diversen Parteiclaims glaichgesaat. Iwwerflesseg fannen ech dass d’Ilres dat ganzt notzt fir daten iwwer d’Visiteuren ze sammelen. Eng Emfro um Internet matmaachen schéin a gutt, mais arithmetesch Aschaetzungen ze gin ouni herno déi richteg Aentwerten ze kréien ass bessen sennlos.

Politik zu Letzebuerg

Love, belong & protect, sin déi next Statiounen, bei deenen een e.a. d’Entstehung vun enger Jeans kann matverfolgen kann. Understand, déi nächst Statioun, wellt e Verglach tescht net zesummenhängenden Zuelen schaafen. A vu dass jo kee Mensch sech wellt Zuelen mierken, gin Gréisstenuerdnungen duerch méi oder manner grouss Raisbierger duergestallt. Flott iddi, just och do feelen d’Referenzen. Well op Aemooss d’Ratio “Deeglech Passagéier vun der Ryanair / personnes travaillant au Luxembourg” ze bestemmen ass net evident. Trotzdem ass dest warscheinlech deen Deel wou een am meeschten Wessen- an Reflexiounsmaterial mat heem huelen kann (an eventuell och e puer Gräpp Rais wann ee grouss Taeschen huet).

Shell Wind Energy

La suite, create, mat enger selfmade Uergel-Konstruktioun an engem Tuerm Computertastaturen, on s’en passe. Dream finally ass eng flott Geleenheet sech einfa mol bequem néierzeleen a Rieden a Musek ze lauschtren, éier een do vum 4. Stack iwwer eng Rutschbahn roof op de Buedem vun den Tatsaachen (stand up) zréckkennt.

Insgesamt ganz informativ, ween nach nie sain oekologeschen Foussoofdrock ausgerechent huet kann daat hei och maachen, a ween e Fetisch fir verstebsten Autoen huet kann sech am Deel vun der Haal, deen net fir d’Expo genotzt gett, eng Fourière mat méi oder manner accidentéierten Autoen ukucken.

Dusty wrecked cars

A fir déi Leit deenen naischt un der Ausstellung lait, et kann och scho flott sin sech einfach mol déi Haal unzekucken, mat e puer Reliquien aus der Glanzzait vun eiser Stohlindustrie.

verboten seitlich zu schleifen

Sief na ze erwähnen dass firun der éischter Statioun e Video vum George Carlin ze gesin ass, hors contexte, mais sain “Modern man” ass trotzdem emmer rem flott ze gesin. Hei den Transcript vum Text (Copyright George Carlin)

“I’m a modern man, a man for the millennium. Digital and smoke free. A diversified multi-cultural, post-modern deconstruction that is anatomically and ecologically incorrect. I’ve been up linked and downloaded, I’ve been inputted and outsourced, I know the upside of downsizing, I know the downside of upgrading. I’m a high-tech low-life. A cutting edge, state-of-the-art bi-coastal multi-tasker and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond!

I’m new wave, but I’m old school and my inner child is outward bound. I’m a hot-wired, heat seeking, warm-hearted cool customer, voice activated and bio-degradable. I interface with my database, my database is in cyberspace, so I’m interactive, I’m hyperactive and from time to time I’m radioactive.

Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve, ridin the wave, dodgin the bullet and pushin the envelope. I’m on-point, on-task, on-message and off drugs. I’ve got no need for coke and speed. I’ve got no urge to binge and purge. I’m in-the-moment, on-the-edge, over-the-top and under-the-radar. A high-concept, low-profile, medium-range ballistic missionary. A street-wise smart bomb. A top-gun bottom feeder. I wear power ties, I tell power lies, I take power naps and run victory laps. I’m a totally ongoing big-foot, slam-dunk, rainmaker with a pro-active outreach. A raging workaholic. A working rageaholic. Out of rehab and in denial!

I’ve got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant and a personal agenda. You can’t shut me up. You can’t dumb me down because I’m tireless and I’m wireless, I’m an alpha male on beta-blockers.

I’m a non-believer and an over-achiever, laid-back but fashion-forward. Up-front, down-home, low-rent, high-maintenance. Super-sized, long-lasting, high-definition, fast-acting, oven-ready and built-to-last! I’m a hands-on, foot-loose, knee-jerk head case pretty maturely post-traumatic and I’ve got a love-child that sends me hate mail.

But, I’m feeling, I’m caring, I’m healing, I’m sharing– a supportive, bonding, nurturing primary care-giver. My output is down, but my income is up. I took a short position on the long bond and my revenue stream has its own cash-flow. I read junk mail, I eat junk food, I buy junk bonds and I watch trash sports! I’m gender specific, capital intensive, user-friendly and lactose intolerant.

I like rough sex. I like tough love. I use the “F” word in my emails and the software on my hard-drive is hardcore–no soft porn.

I bought a microwave at a mini-mall; I bought a mini-van at a mega-store. I eat fast-food in the slow lane. I’m toll-free, bite-sized, ready-to-wear and I come in all sizes. A fully-equipped, factory-authorized, hospital-tested, clinically-proven, scientifically- formulated medical miracle. I’ve been pre-wash, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed and, I have an unlimited broadband capacity.

I’m a rude dude, but I’m the real deal. Lean and mean! Cocked, locked and ready-to-rock. Rough, tough and hard to bluff. I take it slow, I go with the flow, I ride with the tide. I’ve got glide in my stride. Drivin and movin, sailin and spinin, jiving and groovin, wailin and winnin. I don’t snooze, so I don’t lose. I keep the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road. I party hearty and lunch time is crunch time. I’m hangin in, there ain’t no doubt and I’m hangin tough, over and out!”

Edit: fir em George Carlin sain Gebuertsdag, seng 101 bescht Zitater.

D’Ausstellung leeft na bis den 28. Oktober. Tarif jeunes: 3 Euro, a wann een et mam oeffentlechen Transport bis dohi packt kritt een och eng remise.

Maison du savoir zu Belval – Projeten fir d’Haerz vun der Cité des Sciences

Iergendwann Enn 2005 gouf zu Letzebuerg op harmonesch Art a weis d’Decisioun getraff d’University of Luxembourg op engem site unique zu Belval zesummenzeféiren. Dass d’Discussiounen dozou nach laang net riwwer sin, dass d’Staadter emmer nach net zou sech kommen dass déi prestigiéis Uni vum Lampertsbierg op den Escher Dreckstipp soll plenneren, an dass lo alt nach gehofft gett weinstens aaner national Hellegtümer wéi d’Archiven an der Stad ze behaalen, all daat haellt de Fonds Belval awer net op, fir d’Constructioun vun der Uni zu Esch firun ze dreiwen, fir dass déi iwwerdriwwen optimistesch Pläng fir 2010 déi éischt Plenneraktiounen an de Sueden vum Land ze erliewen kennen agehaal gin.

Skip, Belval

Am Skip, daat gewelltent gielt Gebei direkt um rond point Ramerich, sin sait haut 10 Maquetten a Posteren ausgestallt, déi d’Preselektioun vum Architekteconcours iwwerliewt hun. Et sin dest 10 méi oder manner gelongen Projet’en fir d’maison du savoir, daat éischt an zentralt Gebei daat um Terrain soll entstoen.

Waerend den Haer Tarrach sech bei all Geleenheet dofir ausschwetzt, dass soll probéiert d’gin déi historesch Bauten vun der Schmelz mat an déi Gebeilechkeeten ze intgréiren, hun déi wéinegst Architekten sech déi Iddi zu Haerz geholl. Aus deene meescht net innovativen Projeten stiechen der 2 awer besonnesch erfir:

Maison du savoir

De Projet Hermann & Valentiny (LU) deen trotz immens vill verluerenem Raum sech super giff an de site agliederen.

Maison du savoir2

De Projet XX (wee war daat?), mat enger megalomaner constructioun déi un e Stapel Bicher soll erenneren.

Flott ass dass sech bei ville Projeten net op daat ee Gebei reduzeiert gouf, mais dass och den ensemble vun der cité des sciences mat modeliseiert gouf fir ze weisen wei sech d’masion du savoir urbaistesch an daat Konzept agliedert. Vu dass jo ee vun deene projeten waert realisiert gin, ass et dowaert sech di Expositioun engker ukucken ze goen. An iergendwann géint 2015 fir d’ouverture vun der cité des sciences waerten eis Politiker sech dann an d’éischt Rei op d’Foto drécken, wann de Bändchen do endlech duerchgeschnidden gett.

Vum 12. bis 20. Mee, all Daach vun 12 bis 19 Auer op, am Skip, op 10 rue Henri Koch

EDIT: Gewonn huet “Baumschlager & Eberle Ziviltechniker Gmbh” et “Christian Bauer & Associés Architectes S.A.”  mat desem Projet. Anscheinend well sech deen Tuerm mat Dexia an Heichuewen zu engem Trio ergänzt deen Wessenschaft, Industrie a Finanzen representéiert. Schéi Geschicht. A waat maache mer mat der neier Bank dei dohi kennt?