Non-Violence sculpture to be unveiled

Honolulu CC will “Imagine Peace” in remembrance of John Lennon’s death

Honolulu Community College
Posted: Nov 23, 2010

HONOLULU – Honolulu Community College (Honolulu CC) will dedicate Non-Violence, a bronze replica of a .45-caliber in which the barrel is tied into a knot, as a symbol of peace on the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination during a public event entitled “Imagine”.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12:15 p.m. Gathering

12:30 p.m. Formal Program

Honolulu Community College

874 Dillingham Blvd., Makai end of the Cafeteria

Honolulu CC is the new home for a 40-inch-wide, 27-inch-tall version of the Non-Violence sculpture on display in the college’s cafeteria.  National Director Diane Landsberg of the award winning Non Violence Project, USA (NVP) will be a special guest speaker.  During the program Honolulu CC students and guests will be publicly declaring their personal commitment to peace through the college’s version of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Wish Tree. 

Created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward following the murder of his friend John Lennon, the December 8 dedication of the sculpture will be both a celebration of John Lennon’s life and a renewal towards the commitment to peace as a unified community.

The sculpture was brought to Hawai‘i through the work of the international Non-Violence Alliance, Victory Over Violence Youth Initiative, and the efforts of state Representative John Mizuno.  Replicas of the, .45-caliber revolver–with a twisted barrel rendering it useless–have been installed around the world, including the United Nations Plaza, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and at the waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.