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Belfast joins global peace community as 'Knotted Gun' sculpture unveiled

The Knotted Gun sculpture was unveiled at Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast.
The Knotted Gun sculpture was unveiled at Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast.
The Knotted Gun sculpture was unveiled at a ceremony at Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast

Belfast is the latest city to unveil The Knotted Gun sculpture, which symbolises international peace and reconciliation.

Belfast now joins a number of cities including New York, Tokyo, Stockholm, Cape Town and Berlin that host a permanent sculpture of The Knotted Gun, 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, in association with the Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF), has been gifted to Belfast and its citizens by owners of Stena Line, the Olsson family.

It was accepted on behalf of the City by Lord Mayor John Finucane at an unveiling ceremony held on September 13 at Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast, where it will be on permanent display.

Belfast’s Lord Mayor John Finucane said: “The Knotted Gun is a world-renowned symbol of peace and non-violence and I’m delighted that Belfast will be joining a very vibrant and engaged family of cities around the globe in hosting this iconic sculpture.

"The siting of the sculpture is also hugely significant as Girdwood Community Hub has been developed as a shared space as part of our city’s ongoing journey on the path of peace and reconciliation."

He added: “On behalf of the city of Belfast and all its citizens, I would like to sincerely thank Mr Olsson and his family for making this enormously generous and inspiring donation. It’s an honour to accept it and I trust its presence here will be an inspiration for generations to come.”

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