Constructed of more than 100,000 confiscated knives from police departments all over Britain, the 27′ tall “Knife Angel” is looking for a permanent home.
A monument to hoplophobic futility, the removal from circulation of these knives has not made a dent in the rate of violent crime in the UK.
From Nottingham Post:
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is making a bid to bring the 27ft Knife Angel monument to the city after plans to see it displayed in Trafalgar Square may not go ahead.
Paddy Tipping believes that displaying the giant angel – made up of 100,000 seized knives – would send a clear message to those carrying a weapon in the city.
Knife crime has risen by almost a third across Nottinghamshire – with 757 recorded offences involving the weapon in the last year.
Nottinghamshire Police has supported the Knife Angel monument – donating around 1,500 knives to the sculpture.
The monument was commissioned by The British Ironwork Centre, a family run metalwork business based in Oswestry and created by artist Alfie Bradley.
It is believed to cost £500,000, and was privately funded.
I would say that the sculpture is a waste of knives, however most of what gets turned in is junk. I am just shaking my head that this embodiment of the religious fetishization of a simple tool cost a half-million Pounds to construct.