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Giving peace a Starring role

Adam Sherwin in New York

Published 09/12/2011 | 05:00

Asked to gauge Ringo Starr's musical abilities, John Lennon joked: "He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles."

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But the drummer could yet prove the finest artist among the prodigiously talented group after unveiling his first public sculpture.

Mr Starr (71) yesterday unveiled his own artistic tribute to Lennon (right), on the 31st anniversary of his former colleague's murder.

The statue was Mr Starr's own take on the 'knotted gun' sculpture which stands outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The original bronze work, 'Non-Violence', with its distinctive twisted gun muzzle, was created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward as a memorial tribute to Mr Lennon after he was shot on December 8, 1980, in New York.

Mr Starr said his unique take on the design, commissioned by The Non-Violence Foundation, was intended to spread the message of world peace that Lennon propagated.

The multicoloured statue, featuring the word 'imagine' above the trigger, was unveiled at the Gibson Guitars studio in London.

It is expected to tour UK schools as part of a non-violence campaign during Olympics year. (© Independent News Service)

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