Tuesday 17 October 2023

The Knife Angel


The famous or perhaps I should say the infamous "Knife Angel" created by Alfie Bradley in conjunction with Clive Knowles and his British Ironwork Centre [Wolverhampton]. It was a concept Clive came up with in 2014 to kickstart the discussion around all violent and aggressive acts with a particular focus on the rapidly rising rates of knife crime in this country. It acts as a memorial to all those who have already lost their lives in these tragic circumstances. He stands at 27' tall and weighs 3.5 tons. The 100,000 confiscated knives from which he is constructed were donated by 43 police forces across the country. He started to tour around the country in 2018 and we caught up with him in Colchester. Stood with him was a policeman who was there to chat about the piece and explain how it's intended not only to highlight the issue, but also to bring out much needed social change. There is a haunting beauty to this sculpture and it's very moving to behold him. 


Arilx


 

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  1. The art alone is magnificent, but the inspiration, the idea to create it is true genius.

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    1. It is amazing close up to as well. Arilx

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  2. I'd never heard of this before. The look on his face is haunting, the position of his hands. Is he calling you to him or asking you why?

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    1. I felt rather like he was pleading with people. Arilx

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  3. Made 5 miles from our front door and I've still not seen the Knife Angel. Thanks for the heads up, I shall rectify that when she visits Walsall! Incredibly moving, isn't she? x

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    1. Indeed she is . You can visit the Ironworks, but I think that they might be in Oswestry these days. Arilx

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