But besides the impressive statistics, it’s also a monument built out of morbid necessity to remember the victims fallen to the increasing knife violence in the United Kingdom and to finally acknowledge that there is a real problem.
The angel’s creator, Alfie Radley, has spent two years designing and building the sculpture which features police donated knives that were actually used in violent crimes all over England and Wales, some of which even have the names of the victims engraved onto the blades.
The rest came thanks to the help of British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire, which initiated an amnesty program “Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife” through which people could anonymously donate their knives to the project… However, the government rejects it!
Until people stop the denial and admit what the actual problems are, none of this will change. There is no such thing as “knife violence” or “gun violence” or “car violence”. There are only violent human beings.
You’ll never get anywhere with combating violence if you cannot even call it what it is: VIOLENT IDIOTS!
Radley is currently running a petition to put the sculpture on Trafalgar square in London to raise awareness of the issue, and you can show your support right here.