Did you know? In the United Kingdom, knife violence increased an astonishing 14% between 2011 and 2016. To raise awareness about this conundrum — one, it seems, the government prefers to ignore, artist Alfie Radley spent two years creating a giant 26-foot-tall Knife Angel sculpture. If you take a close look, you’ll see some of the 100,000 knives which were donated to the project to raise awareness about the high incidence of knife violence. Some of the knives were actually even used in violent crimes.
According to DeMilked, the angel is less of a sculpture and more of a monument. Radley seeks to show respect for the victims of knife violence, as well as acknowledge that there really is a problem in the UK.
Most of the knives were donated by British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire, which launched an amnesty program called “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife.” The program allows people to anonymously donate their knives to a worthwhile cause.
Radley was required to clean every knife of “biological material.” He told ITV News that he also “had to blunt every single knife to make sure they’re not sharp anymore, and can’t create any damage.”
Because the government is uninterested in the sculpture/monument, Radley has started a petition to put the artwork on Trafalgar Square in London to raise awareness about the issue. If you’d like to support him, sign the petition here.
This angel sculpture is actually a monument…
…to the victims of knife violence in the United Kingdom
Some have actually been used in the crimes!
The artist, Alfie Radley, spent 2 years creating the sculpture to raise awareness about knife violence
And to honor the victims of knife violence in the UK
The idea was rejected by the government, however, because they thought it reflected poorly on the country
Nonetheless, Radley is hoping to get the monument on Trafalgar square in London
And you can help by signing the petition here
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