Immediately upon entering the grounds of the UN, visitors are confronted with two sculptures, Sphere within a Sphere, which is abstract, and Non-Violence, which is blatantly representational. Non-Violence is a giant revolver, solid and black, and on a pedestal placing it at eye level. The barrel of the gun is twisted into a knot, causing the tip to point straight up into the sky rather than in the direction in which it is aimed. The gun is cocked, but the knot makes it clear that it will not shoot. Perhaps violence has been narrowly averted.
Non-Violence is a gift to the UN from Luxembourg.
Possible discussion themes
Related art works
art works |
bibliography | resources