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The Knife Angel

The Knife Angel at Blackburn, Lancashire


This is the Knife Angel, currently on display in Blackburn, Lancashire. It has taken four years to make and was created by artist, Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire. It stands 27 feet tall and is made from 100,000 seized and surrendered blades. 

 It has already toured thirteen UK towns and cities, making significant impact to individuals, families and communities. It is much more than just a sculpture as, whilst on display, there are amnesty boxes where knives can be safely deposited, a peace vigil has been held and there are core educational programme for schools and community groups.

I've now seen it during the day and at night and it had a different impact on me both times. You can't just wander past it and muse about knife crimes. You have to pause, look closely at the craftsmanship, take into account that some of those blades had been used - or intended to be used - to hurt, maim or kill someone. 

If you're in the area, take some time out to have a moment of reflection by the sculpture - or if it's coming to your town in the future, definitely go and view it.


The Knife Angel at Blackburn, Lancashire

The Knife Angel at Blackburn, Lancashire

The Knife Angel at Blackburn, Lancashire