Expo 2020 Dubai: Lennon-inspired ‘gun’ shines the spotlight on digital violence – News
A new wooden version of a John Lennon-inspired peace sculpture unveiled at the Swedish pavilion
A John Lennon-inspired ‘gun’ at the Swedish pavilion highlights the growing incidence of digital violence, which has the potential to frighten young minds.
The Non-Violence Project Foundation, which on Sunday unveiled a new wooden version of a John Lennon-inspired peace sculpture, “The Knotted Gun,” says the rise of digital violence has become a global concern.
“We are [already] outside of UN Headquarters and in a few other places around the world. But this, for us, is kind of a new start with the wooden pistol. We launched our digital programs to reach even wider than we did [until] today – and with Original Voice Trust, we plan to expand our footprint; work [on] non-violence, but also [on] issues of sustainability and diversity, etc. We therefore share a lot of values, âsaid Claes Kalborg, partner of the foundation.
“It means a lot to us to be at Expo 2020 Dubai,” Kalborg added after the sculpture’s reveal, which was attended by Amina Mohammed, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Liselott Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden to the United Nations. United Arab Emirates.
Kalborg said digital violence is âa global challengeâ, especially within player communities and on social media platforms: âI think this is where we need to focus our efforts. And again, being digital, we have a whole different scope to deal with these issues. “
The Knotted Gun officially called ‘Non-Violence’, was originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik ReuterswÃ¤rd as a tribute to his friend John Lennon, who was gunned down outside his New York home in 1980. Now seated in front UN Headquarters in New York is often the first thing visitors see when they enter the grounds – an iconic symbol of the UN’s commitment to world peace.
The Non-Violence Project Foundation, whose symbol is The Knotted Gun, worked with the Swedish company Original Voice Trust and the Swedish Pavilion to create the structure, which is made of Swedish wood. This is the first time that the sculpture has been reproduced using this material, reflecting the theme of the sustainability-focused Sweden pavilion, âThe Forestâ.
Andersson, said: âCelebrating United Nations Day at the Swedish pavilion is a great honor, but also obvious given Sweden’s enormous multilateral commitment and our strong support for the UN. The exhibition of the knotted wooden pistol in our pavilion symbolizes this close partnership. But The Knotted Gun is above all a symbol of peace and non-violence. I hope it inspires and reminds visitors of the importance of people and countries working together to make it happen. “