Standing at an impressive 26-feet-tall this giant Knife Angel sculpture built in the UK by artist and sculptor Alfie Radley serves as a morbid reminder of knife crime in the UK and its victims. Radley has used more than 100,000 confiscated weapons from the UK's streets in order to create the sculpture, however getting it back out on public display is proving an issue.
The sculpture, which features knives donated by police that were either used to commit violent crime or found in the possession of criminals, has been in the making for the past two years and. The rest of the knives were supplied by British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire, which ran a project called “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife,” that allowed people to anonymously hand in knives to the project.
Every knife featured on the sculpture has been made blunt so that it can't cause any damage and yet Radley has run into trouble trying to display the piece in public to raise awareness on the issue of knife crime in the UK. He's currently running a campaign to display the sculpture in Trafalgar Square, which you can support here.
This 26-foot-high sculpture is made from thousands of knives...
All of which have been confiscated from the streets of the UK. The monument serves to remember the victims of knife violence...
Some of the knives used have actually been part of real crimes
The creator of the sculpture, Alfie Radley, has been working on the project for the past two years
And now he wants to put it on display in Trafalgar Square to raise awareness