Many places in the world commemorated the International Day of Non-Violence on Monday, October 02, Mahatma Gandhi’s 148th birthday. The UN had set up this day to spread the message of nonviolence, and promote peace and tolerance. On Monday at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly it was celebrated for the tenth time.

Some others have chosen a very creative way to make statements on the topic, creating art projects conveying messages against violence, weapons and war: Making artwork from bombs and bullets on the streets of Douma, Syria, or using images from popular movie scenes in which weapons are replaced with a Thumbs Up. The creators believe that “real tough guys don’t need guns, they just need a positive, can-do attitude”. To learn more about their projects and others, consult the following blogpost on artists turning weapons into “powerful messages of nonviolence”.

(Photo of Chewbacca and Han Solo: Preston E. / Thumbs&Ammo)