The Knife Angel took two years to make and, standing at 27 feet tall, is made from over 100,000 knives which have been taken out of circulation. It is a response to the problem of Knife Crime and Violence and Aggression in our society and was made by Clive Knowles and his team at the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire – see www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/the-knife-angel-official It has been travelling from city to city, often displayed at cathedrals, including Coventry and Derby Cathedrals.
A group of people and organisations from the city have already come together to bring it to Leicester in May 2020. It will be placed in Cathedral Gardens. The Cathedral is already working with the City Council, Leicester City Football Club, The Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner and many others.
We plan that it will be accompanied by a programme of activities to draw attention to the impact of knife crime and to help empower those who are most vulnerable, especially young people from across our communities. Young people are already planning a programme of events including working with those already impacted by knife crime. Additionally the Cathedral will host a Book of Reflections and a Memorial Service for those who have experienced knife crime.
There is no hire charge to host the statue but there are other costs associated with bringing it here. For example, it would be Leicester’s responsibility to transport it to the next city after we have hosted the Angel.
The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said ‘We really want this to happen but we need to appeal for help to make this possible. Other cities have done it. I’m sure we can too. We want to make a real and lasting impact here in 2020.’
We need businesses and individuals to offer pro-bono help with the following:
Structural Engineers to advise on installation
Road haulage of sufficient capacity
Portable Stage and Lighting
PA for launch and closing events
Printing to help with signage and publicity
Creative partners who help us devise events
Sponsors/funders to make it all happen
Please get in touch via email KnifeAngel@LecCofE.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.