The ‘Knife Angel’ - the spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected during police surrender schemes - has arrived at Bondholder Derby Cathedral.
Derby has been chosen to be one of the few cities across the country to host the National Monument against Violence and Aggression, which was carefully installed by a team of experts who had given their time for free. Already the Angel’s presence has made an impact, with over 3,000 people visiting on the first day.
Rachel Morris of Derby Cathedral and Chair of the Derby Knife Angel Steering Group, said: “We seem to have been working on this project for a long time and we are now all very excited that the Knife Angel is here. It is a spectacular sight and we hope as many people as possible come and visit and learn how we can all work together to reduce knife and violent crime."
The sculpture will be on display next to Derby Cathedral between Tuesday 1st October and Wednesday 30th October.
Rachel Morris commented “I want to thank everyone involved in bringing the Knife Angel to Derby, particularly the hundreds of volunteers who have come forward to act as marshals and the local companies who have given up their time and expertise.”
The sculpture was created at the British Ironwork Centre by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact violent crime, particularly those involving knives, has on people, families and communities.