Author: Charlotte Bearn

Static Artwork for the International Knot Violence Campaign

Art duo Static have been asked by Knot Violence to create and design an image for a series of statues travelling the world in the run-up to this year’s World Cup finals.

Knot Violence, the international charity promoting anti-violence have linked with the sports world for a campaign at this years world cup finals, which is to staunchly promote the message of anti-violence.

At the heart of the campaign are a series of statues, which are recreations of the world famous sculpture ‘Non-Violence’ that currently sits outside the United Nations building in New York City.

Static Artwork for the International Knot Violence Campaign | Image

Non-Violence, frequently referred to as the ‘knotted gun’, is sculpture of a 45-caliber revolver with its barrel knotted. It was created by Swedish sculptor Carl Fredrik Reutersward in 1980. A cast metal version was gifted by Luxembourg to the United Nations in 1988.

The international campaign has gathered serious momentum over the coming months with several high profile footballers signed up to create the images to adorn each statue. The idea is a simple but effective one: have a number of high-profile footballers from varying nations across the work create an image that embodies the world’s call for a stop to violence.

Static Artwork for the International Knot Violence Campaign | Image

Static Artwork for the International Knot Violence Campaign | Image

As well as international footballers, Knot Violence wanted some cutting edge artists to create images for the ‘knotted gun statues’ as a way of reaching the intended audience for their message and they have asked the emerging art duo Static to headline.

This is the first in a line of high profile coups for Static who are rumoured to have their debut solo exhibition in central London later this year.

The Knot Violence Futbol for Peace statues will be showcased at an exclusive event in London before they are flown out to South Africa where they will go on display at Cool Britannia throughout the World Cup.

Clem Leech, Campaign Director has said “The Non-Violence Foundation are delighted to be working with artrepublic on the Knot Violence: Futbol for Peace campaign. Over and above the obvious quality of work Static provides a strong and recognisable link to our target market and their style of street art makes our project and campaign far more accessible to young people who can relate to this form of urban art.”

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